Blessing the bread and wine before communion

In the Episcopal Church all persons baptized in the “Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” are welcome to the Altar Rail to receive the Sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood.

Our practice at St. Francis to receive Communion is to kneel or (if not able) stand at the Altar Rail and receive the Body of Christ in the palm of your hand. If you wish to receive the Sacrament of Christ’s Blood from the common cup, please assist the Chalice Minister by helping guide the chalice to your lips. If you wish to instinct (dip the bread in the wine), carefully hold the bread in your fingers and dip the edge of the bread (not your fingers) into the wine.

It is acceptable, and you receive the full grace of Christ, if you only wish to receive the host. If you choose not to receive Communion at the service, you are urged to come forward to the Rail for a Blessing. Simply cross your arms across your chest as an indication you wish a blessing.

At St. Francis in the Fields we encourage parents of young children to bring them to a First Communion Class when they are old enough to start asking when they may receive Communion. This usually occurs around the first grade. The dates for upcoming First Communion Classes will be announced in the leaflets at our services, and on our social media. If you are a parent that would like your child to begin receiving Communion, please talk with our Children’s Minister, Jennifer Grady.