Communion is for all Believers
From John Driver, Daveyton – Allow me to comment on the Open Door article “Is Anglican Communion OK?” (August 31).
I would say that not only is it OK but desirable. Anglicans offer the body and blood of Jesus Christ.
Until very recently I used to attend Mass at 7:00 every morning except Saturday and Sunday. The priests used to offer the body and blood of our Saviour, but have since stopped, giving the communicant only the wafer.
Some other Catholic churches I attended offered the full meal. For me the wine is an essential part of the sacrifice.
Our Saviour was the sacrificial Lamb of God, the blood of the new Covenant and in the Jewish tradition it was the blood of the sacrificed that was offered on the altar.
Christ died for all, not only Catholics. I once attended a nuptial Mass at Actonville some 15 years ago. The Catholic priest invited all to participate to join in the supper of the Lord.
Some time later this priest of vision was questioned by me, and responed “Do I think that if Jesus Christ came down from heaven, he would celebrate Mass only with Catholics?”
This same priest invited Jews for Jesus to the church and had a Passover meal in the church as celebrated by Jews. Can you imagine a Passover meal without the wine?
Alex Jones, a former evangelical pastor, now Catholic, gave a talk on EWTN. Radio Veritas broadcast his talk in June this year.
Mr Jones explained the constitution of the Eucharist perfectly by starting with Melchizedek (Genesis 14:17 Psalm 110:4, Hebrews 7:24 etc) until the final glass of wine on the cross.
In this regard I would refer you to the Southern Cross of June 15, and the letter “Answering Anti-Catholics” by John Lee of Johannesburg.
The talk by Alex Jones is worthy of being printed verbatim by The Southern Cross.