Yesterday I started a day early making good on my New Year’s resolution: I performed my first public Holy Communion. Sure, it was on Youtube, but I think that counts as “public.” My plan is to do begin supporting a Sunday service at the park in the Spring, Hopefully by then I’ll be more relaxed at the altar.
My goal in presenting these Holy Communion videos is to explore the mystery of the Communion rite with others in the hope that we can all better understand and appreciate the purpose, power, action and wonder of this transformative rite.
I hope, as an act of interfaith outreach, to open this mystery to a wider audience who may have preconceived notions about Holy Communion — and to perhaps re-enliven Holy Communion for those Christians for whom Holy Communion has become stale or by rote.
Why in the name of Heaven would I presume to suppose that my voice could possibly be worth listening to when there are 37 million churches worldwide already performing the rite on a daily and/or weekly basis, and there are already 161,000 Holy Communion videos on Youtube?