During a period of social isolation, on the Holy Days of Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Easter, and Pentecost, individuals may participate in Holy Communion at home. On these occasions, we encourage households to set aside a time and space to remember that we all share in the sacramental presence of Christ and to reaffirm the promises we made in our Baptismal Covenant to proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ, to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves, to strive for justice and peace among all people, and to respect the dignity of every human being. In our tradition, the priest speaks on behalf of the people in proclaiming the presence of God in Christ manifested in the bread and wine that we share. In virtual Holy Communion, we say that the priest’s blessing on the bread and wine at the altar includes the bread and wine in our individual homes. Together, we ask the Holy Spirit to be within and among us for healing, guidance, and strength, that we may put on the mind of Christ [Philippians 2:5] It is not necessary to consume both bread and wine: either one signifies full participation in Holy Communion.
Preparations: What you will need Clear a space on a table so that there are no other items on it for the duration of the service Your phone or computer The Book of Common Prayer, http://www.bcponline.org, or service leaflet (available at www.trinitychurchmilford.org)
Set a table with the following, as you are able: A white cloth (a handkerchief, towel, napkin, or scarf, or other . . .) Bread or crackers on a plate (you decide if you want to share a slice of bread or have separate pieces) A glass or cup of wine (If you choose to include and share the wine, please sanitize the rim after each person takes a sip. A small bowl of water to signify our shared baptism A candle to signify the light of Christ that we share