Comments: General Synod - Sunday's business

From the Telegraph story--"Among concerns they cited was that 'Children often lack the skills of co-ordination required to go through the tricky tasks of administering a chalice and this could lead to spillages and vessels being dropped.'"

As a confirmed 7 year old and an acolyte, I regularly handled the Eucharistic vessels at a High Church parish in the U.S. without any issues, let alone reverence. I mostly served in a state of holy terror. And 25 years on, I'm still a tad clumsy with a chalice.

I am a firm believer in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist and always vexed by irreverent disposal of the elements, but I also believe in Grace to completely forgive all of our defects of coordination.

Moreover, I think we should not forget how important it is for children to develop deep personal experience of God's presence before the rest of humanity starts trying to talk it out of them.

As in any family, we should make sure our children are fully involved in our customs and traditions according to their understanding. And often that understanding and competence is much greater and more important than we can imagine. Good on Synod!

Posted by Caelius Spinator at Monday, 13 July 2015 at 9:41am BST
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