For as often…

For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. (1 Corinthians 11:26)

Why would we want to celebrate the Eucharist only once a quarter, or even only once a year, if we could do it more frequently? I grew up in Protestant churches. Some celebrated communion quarterly, others much less frequently. Even though for Protestants the Eucharist is only symbolic, I still feel that symbolism can have a profound influence on the individual. Ever since I was a child I loved taking communion.

There is a good trend happening in evangelical Protestantism where the bread and wine is there each Sunday. Though still only symbolic, it is nonetheless and in its own way a remembrance and a proclamation of Christ’s body and blood.

I am in-between these days. That is, I am no longer Protestant, but cannot yet take the Eucharist as Mass. So I go up for a blessing. Still, in my small and insufficient way, I proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes as I honor the Eucharist. And then, as I go out from Mass, I try to proclaim the death and resurrection of our Lord, as St. Paul says in many places elsewhere, in how I live for Christ.

“For as often…” Make it often.

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