The Q & A in September provides a good discussion starter on this historic, yet often misunderstood, practice. I partake of the Sacrament first, so that I, freshly strengthened by it, can thus offer it to the gentleman who assists me in the chancel. He and I both, in turn, again having been strengthened ourselves, may offer it to the communicants.
An illustration from the secular world--realizing that these only go so far--as an airline passenger on a reoccurring basis, I’ve heard the flight attendant’s instruction more times than I can enumerate concerning oxygen masks, “Secure your own mask before assisting others.” Likewise, while self-communing certainly isn’t the only legitimate way, I recognize that, strengthened by the Sacrament, I am thus better prepared to then offer it to those of the congregation I serve.
Rev. Paul E. Gramit
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Jesus—the example to followIn Scripture, we read what Jesus said to His disciples when they had argued among themselves about their importance. “Whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Matt. 20:27–28).