I dreamed that I was standing inside the communion rails
of a church--I on one side of the altar-table, and the clergyman, with his surplice and his prayer-book, on the other.
Add to that the deceptively simple act of moving around the "furniture"--turning around the altar and taking down the communion rail
that separated priest from parishioners--and you have the revolutionary beginnings of a people ready and willing to feel at home in God's house.
He said he would not use the sacraments as a "weapon," and said he welcomed no "confrontation" at the Communion rail
It surely made penitents aware that there were no-no's that were out of bounds for those about to approach what in those days was the Communion rail
Christ Church was built in 1873 of hand-hewn pine post and beam, with intricate craftsmanship in its pews and communion rail
The celebrant might have begun by broaching the Communion rail
to walk the center aisle sprinkling holy water in the Rite of Asperges.
The battles for human life and dignity and for the weak and vulnerable should be fought not at the Communion rail
but in the public square, in hearts and minds, in our pulpits and public advocacy, in our consciences and communities," he said.
My first experience of public embarrassment came on the day of my first Holy Communion, when, overcome with unexpected hilarity at seeing Craig Case's face distorted in the reflection of the gold ciborium held above our heads as we kneeled at the Communion rail
, I laughed out loud.
which is in the Charleston diocese, tells me that a eucharistic minister there turned away a communicant who wore a John Kerry for President button to the Communion rail
Conservatives want to exclude from the Communion rail
pro-choice Catholics and those who advocate gay marriage.
Nancy Pelosi should not face banishment from public events held on Catholic soil because of their public policy views, nor should they fear refusal at the Communion rail
As soon as a vowed one takes a breath of a step beyond the scars in the marble floor where the Communion rail
used to be screwed, the cord snaps the violator of norms and practices back into the sanctuary.