The Holy Communion has been held weekly on Sundays by most churches in most place from the earliest recorded history of the church. It has followed the service of the Word, and the two services (Word and Sacrament), have been an integrated whole.
Weekly communion is the center of my spiritual life. I have experienced Christ there, been fed by him and have gone away full. I have tasted and seen that the Lord is good.
Does it become mundane? Yes. Mundane is good. Mundane means that Jesus has entered into the regular, normal, everyday human part of my life. But it is also profound. Jesus has made himself present to me in the breaking of the bread. I feel that I could not leave behind weekly eucharist. I feel like I would starve to death!
As a priest and pastor, I have observed and talked with a lot of people about their experience of weekly communion. Some have shared with me that they received communion as a child, but no one ever explained it to them. It was seen as a religious ritual with no meaning. But with the proper reverence and with Gospel centered teaching about the Eucharist, their love of communion comes alive.
Often a church member will be visiting family or on vacation, and will attend a non-eucharistic church on a Sunday or two. And often they will tell me how strange it seemed to pray, sing, hear a sermon and then…go home. Someone once told me it is like sitting down to dinner, saying grace, talking for a few minutes, and then standing up and walking away without ever eating.
Weekly Sunday communion is our holy meal. Taste and see that the Lord is good!
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