Preparation for communion
At the beginning of the full text of the Eucharist service there is a recommendation that all those who wish to make their communion should make an act of preparation. I suggest that this can have three parts. The first is penitence: we look back over the past week and bring to mind anything which we wish God to forgive; we recollect this thought as we say the confession. The second is prayer: we think of someone or some situation for which we wish to pray; we can hold this up during the intercessions. Third, there is praise: we recall all that we wish to thank God for; in the silence after communion we make these thanksgivings the subject of our prayer. By doing this we make every Eucharist different and to some extent personalised. The service is the same: what makes it different is what you bring to it.
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