Alleluia! Christ is risen! Blessed Easter to you all
I’m writing today to send you Easter greetings, but also to introduce a new standard for Sunday worship. We will now move to what many are now calling Virtual Holy Eucharist.
We will continue the practice as long as the pandemic requires that we stay at home for the common good. I take this measure because there have been indications that we may be in for a longer haul than was initially anticipated.
Simply put, priests who have the technical know-how, the equipment, and the inclination will live-stream the Holy Eucharist on Sunday (or other appointed times). Instead, they may refer you to my weekly Eucharist. The people will attend from their own homes, maintaining physical distance as before. The people will provide for themselves bread and wine (bread alone is also permissible) and place it on a table in front of them.
The priest’s consecration of elements in front of her or him extends to the bread and wine in each of family’s household. The people will consume the consecrated elements.
Do watch for announcements from your own congregation. My worship service will come to you through Facebook Live. Others may decide on a different approach. As mentioned above, priests also have the option to direct their congregations to the Virtual Holy Eucharist that I will celebrate every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. CDT.
Take care of yourselves, my friends. Make space for your own time in prayer and study. Tend your body’s needs of rest and nourishment. Nurture your souls with friendship and outdoor time. Bless you all. You are loved.
The Rt. Rev. Jacob W. Owensby, PhD, DD