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This is a thoughtful article reflecting on the sadness and pain of the continuing divisions that keep Christians from sharing in full communion to this day.

RevEverett

Over the course of the last weekend, I sat through approximately 9 hours of liturgy before I could receive communion: 3hrs for a Roman Catholic bishop ordination, 3 hrs for Armenian Christmas Eve, 3 hrs of Orthodox divine liturgy. By the time I rolled to my own church on Sunday evening, I was hungry.Hungry

I’ve gone for days before without receiving communion- why was last weekend so hard? I’ve experienced “ecumenical awkwardness” before, but this was different. It wasn’t awkward. It was painful. Through all those other liturgies, I watched faithful brothers and sisters step forward, a line of hungry people poised to receive the life-giving elements. I wanted what they had. I wanted to feast with them. I was present and visible at all those services as a sign of the wider Church, and yet again, could not fully participate as a sign of that wider Church. And in full disclosure, I…

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