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Pray for the house.

I can't help wondering at what the House of Bishops finds (besides lint) when it engages in navel gazing [No eucharist before baptism, bishops say. June 2011. p. 1]. Do they even pay attention to the words they speak at the eucharist?

There is no reference to baptism (or For my generation, confirmation) in either the Book of Alternative Services (BAS) or the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) as a prerequisite to receiving communion. Nor do I recall any biblical reference indicating that those who were with Jesus at the Last Supper, which is the model For the eucharist, being baptized.

So, what to do? Listen to the House of Bishops "revisionist" theology or comply with the BCP and the BAS? I will choose to follow the guidance of the BCP and BAS and pray for the House of Bishops.

Bruce Williams

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Title Annotation:LETTERS
Author:Williams, Bruce
Publication:Anglican Journal
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Sep 1, 2011
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