encountering eucharist

For over a year we’ve been attending an Episcopal Church.
It’s a far cry from our Baptist background, but it fits in a way that I never expected.
I can’t call one way good and the other bad, nor can I call one way right and one way wrong.
That’s both the mystery and beauty of religion, if we allow it be.

At first, I fumbled to hold this book and that book
and figure out what the S-songs were in the blue book.
Some people knelt in prayer,
some people leaned forward,
some didn’t move at all.
Some did the sign of the cross upon their foreheads,
some on their lips,
some over head and heart,
And some did a little of this and a little of that,
while some didn’t cross at all.
We weren’t sure who to follow or how to cross or when or where to genuflect.
But in this place where everyone was a little bit different,
Different didn’t seem so bad.

And yet, for months I struggled,
trying to follow everyone else’s lead.
Kneeling and standing,
Creeds and collects,
Prayers and Peace.
Which page?
Which prayer?
It was, quite frankly, exhausting to keep up.

But as we travelled around the liturgical calendar,
I found a soothing rhythm in the words and the sounds.
Each season with it’s own tone, one that I’d never quite noticed before.
And the words…they settled down into my heart-gut and ruminated there for months.
Until one day I realized I wasn’t just reading any more. 

2 Responses to encountering eucharist
  1. Carolyn
    April 21, 2016 | 4:14 pm

    I am a bit caught up this afternoon so I decided to go through my emailbox and clean it up. I am finding that I did not reply to some that I should have. And I didn’t even read some of the ones I should have! And with dates all set, I can’t even make up an excuse……
    Anyway, love your comments on encountering eucharist. Only those of us who have been former “somethings” can relate. Your words and feelings touched me.

    • Marge
      November 5, 2016 | 10:18 am

      ??? dit :Breivik a tué à lui seul probablement plus que toute cette liste rÃ3ieun&#82©0;Breivik de Gauche? c’est quoi cette connerie? Depuis quand les caractéristiques d’un gauchiste sont d’être anti-féministe, anti-immigration?  C’est quoi qui s’en vient, vous allez essayer de faire passer hitler pour un communiste a présent?