As St. John’s moves to the celebration of Eucharist in the church it is important that everyone in the St. John’s community is able to participate; communion is after all about community. Knowing that some cannot, or should not, attend in-person worship we are making arrangements for a remote, though spiritually connected, form of Eucharist so that all may be included.
Contact the church office (301.774.6999) or make your request here on our website to to receive a contact-less home delivery of pre-consecrated Host.
After requesting Communion at home you will receive a phone call from one of our rectors to make arrangements for the delivery of the pre-consecrated Host. We ask that you place a small table, or chair, near your front door so we can leave the cotton bag containing the Host along with a votive candle on the table.
The Host is the Body of Christ, and as such is always treated with extreme reverence. In the church any consecrated Host is placed in the aumbry and a candle remains lit when the Host is present. We ask that you find a suitable place of respect in your own home. Perhaps a decorative container, a jewelry box, or a pottery vessel would be appropriate for the Host to reside in your home; simply treat it as an honored gift from God, for that is what it is.
The prayers for sharing Eucharist in your home come from the prayers for Communion under Special Circumstances found on page 396 in the Book of Common Prayer. Prior to watching the Morning Prayer recordings on YouTube you may wish to place the Host on a white linen cloth and light a candle. Then when the prayers are offered towards the end of the service take a moment to share in the Eucharist; if there are several people watching it would be appropriate to give the Host to each other with the simple words: The Body of Christ.
Though we may be temporarily separated by physical distances, we remain connected through prayer and God’s abundant love. Sharing in the Eucharist, even remotely, is yet another way for us to remain connected.
It is important that everyone in the St. John’s community is able to participate in the celebration of Eucharist. Knowing that some cannot, or should not, attend in-person worship, we now offer pre-consecrated Host for at-home Eucharist.
Request for contact-less home delivery of pre-consecrated Host here. Request MUST be received on THURSDAY by NOON. Please include a phone number so that you may contacted to arrange delivery.