It is our custom in our three churches to have a number of weekday Holy Communions. We have Tuesday mornings at 9.30 at Christ Church and Wednesday at 7 pm, Thursday at 10 am and Saturday at 8.30 am at Saint Giles.
There are several reasons for having these weekday celebrations.
Firstly, most obviously, it gives people a chance to attend worship who are unable to do so on Sunday. And those who find an hours service on a Sunday too long will find a half hour in the week more congenial.
Secondly, it creates a community of prayer at the centre of the parish. It enables a few people to meet on a regular basis and pray together.
Thirdly, in Anglican theology, the sacraments are an extension of the incarnation. They open us up to the grace that comes to us through Jesus Christ. Prayer, the reading of the Bible, and the Sacraments are ways by which we can experience the presence of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, in our daily lives. The frequent receiving of Holy Communion is one of the ways by which we open ourselves to the grace of Christ. I heard of one young Anglican priest who when asked if it was right to receive Holy Communion more than once in a day, replied: ‘I’ll take as much Jesus as I can get, thanks’. To my mind she sums up in that one short sentence the importance of regular receiving of Holy Communion.
I would like to put out a plea for more support for the weekday Eucharists. We have a good little congregation at Christ Church on Tuesday mornings of between three and seven. Thursday mornings at Saint Giles is well attended. Sometimes we have as many as twelve or fourteen. Saturday morning we manage with a regular three of us. But Wednesday evenings is very much ‘touch and go’. Sometimes there is a congregation. Sometimes there is not. It would be lovely if one or two people could make it their contribution to be there regularly on Wednesday evenings so that we always have an evening Eucharist midweek. Any offers?