“Bridget Mary’s Blog” is written by one of the Roman Catholic Womenpriests. one of her reader readers has sent her a link to my earlier post on the womenpriests movement, which has prompted her to note that our subtitle here, “Here Comes Everybody”, could equally well be taken as a motto for the Womenpriests movement, and for a more general reflection on the nature of a Eucharistic ministry. Reading her blog, I also saw a report on a news item that had slipped my notice – the ordination of four new female bishop in Sacramento, California:
“Here comes Everybody” could be the motto of the RCWP movement too!
In his book, the Future of Eucharist, Bernard Cooke observes that a new understanding of the resurrection in the Vatican ll church has broadened the church’s understanding of “real presence” and helped people to appreciate Christ’s dynamic presence in the believing community. According to Cooke, while individuals may have specific functions within the gathered assembly, the entire community performs the euharistic action (p. 32) If this is so, then the gathered assembly is the celebrant of Eucharist. It is the community that “does” the Eucharist, not the presider alone.
This is the reason that at Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community’s liturgies, the gathered assembly extends hands in blessing and recites the words of consecration with the presiders, not the presiders alone. This is also the reason that we invite the community to participate in a “dialogue homily.” At our celebrations, our motto is “here comes’ everybody” and, of course, this means all are welcome to receive Eucharist at the banquet because Christ’s love embraces all.
Bridget Mary Meehan, RCWP
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