Home Holy Communion During Holy Week

Apr 07, 2020

Holy Communion is a community celebration, which is why it usually is only shared when the body of believers gathers for congregational worship. During this time, when the family of faith is not gathering in-person, our Presiding Bishop, Elizabeth Eaton, has advised: “fasting from Holy Communion” until we can be together again.

However, there is provision for the sacrament to be distributed to those who are homebound. The sacrament is consecrated in worship, then taken to those who are homebound. We will be instituting that practice during Holy Week (only).

During the live-stream service on Holy (Maundy) Thursday, Holy Communion will be celebrated by the few people who are assisting with the service. Additional wafers and wine (grape juice) on the altar will be blessed. These elements, and a brief “Service for Communion at Home,” will be placed in “Home Communion bags”- prepared using hygienic precautions - and will be available to share in your homes on Easter.

If you wish to receive one of these bags, please call the church (330-836-8811) and leave a message. Your call will be returned, with details concerning picking it up from a designated place outside on Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon (only). A limited number can be delivered to those without transportation.

In this way, the Sacrament of the Table is offered in extraordinary circumstances.