The Ritual of the Eucharist

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In preparation for a Quiet Day I am leading on Contemplative Photography at Launde Abbey I asked a colleague whether they would mind me photographing them as they celebrated the Eucharist.

Whilst it seems a strange request, I wanted to have a visual backdrop which allows for the opportunity to almost freeze the moment…what I got was so much richer.

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The realisation that there are as many ways of celebrating the Eucharist as their are priests.

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We are all a product of our own experiences of the Eucharist, and those who have shaped us along our journey.

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As well as providing an opportunity with God, the Eucharist affords us an encounter with those who have gone before, and have contributed in some small way to who God has formed us to be…

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The Eucharist is not only a celebration of the Last Supper, but also a reminder of the diversity of God and God’s people…

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Of our togetherness…

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And our brokenness.

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It is an outpouring of God who ‘Goes-between’ (to coin a phrase of John V Taylor) each of us, to draw us into communion with God and, most beautifully, with one another.

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God meets us in the silence, in the breaking of the bread and the pouring of wine. It was a beautiful opportunity to experience this sacred meal through the eyes of another.

 

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