A brief snippet from a longer piece I’m working on:
In seminary our liturgy professor told my class that the Triduum, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil, preach themselves.And I knew that it was true.
I remember the liturgy, but not what my priest said about it, not how it was presented, not how the logistics happened (even now I have to look things up and walk through it in my head).My memory simply holds the story of this days, more than the details.
It must’ve been middle school when I first attended this liturgies.I remember watching the women in the choir slip off shoes and knee high pantyhose.For my middle school, engineer raised self, this was insight into the mystery of womanhood and sudden equality with people I looked up to.Somehow, tonight, we became more alike than not.
I remember strangers, for all that we’d worshipped together for half a decade or more, handling my o-so-sensitive feet kindly and gently—unlike my brothers who still delighted in tickling me breathless.
And I still walk away from the simplicity of chairs, basins, towels, and water wondering how they add up to so very much.
Morsels & Stories: We conclude our series on Eucharist by talking about prayers before and after. Also some tips on how and how not to receive.
The prayers I read from the 1979 BCP:
Before Receiving Communion
Be present, be present, O Jesus, our great High Priest, as you were present with your disciples, and be known to us in the breaking of bread; who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.
After Receiving Communion
O Lord Jesus Christ, who in a wonderful Sacrament hast left
unto us a memorial of thy passion: Grant us, we beseech
thee, so to venerate the sacred mysteries of thy Body and
Blood, that we may ever perceive within ourselves the fruit of
thy redemption; who livest and reignest with the Father and
the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.