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“Easter Communion”
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Pure fasted faces draw unto this feast:
God comes all sweetness to your Lenten lips.
You striped in secret with breath-taking whips,
Those crooked rough-scored chequers may be pieced
To crosses meant for Jesu’s; you whom the East
With draught of thin and pursuant cold so nips
Breathe Easter now; you serged fellowships,
You vigil-keepers with low flames decreased,

God shall o’er-brim the measures you have spent
With oil of gladness, for sackcloth and frieze
And the ever-fretting shirt of punishment
Give myrrhy-threaded golden folds of ease.
Your scarce-sheathed bones are weary of being bent:
Lo, God shall strengthen all the feeble knees.


“Look Around You!”

A Review of
The Sacred Meal
Ancient Practices Series).
By Nora Gallagher.

Reviewed by Ragan Sutterfield.

The Sacred Meal
Ancient Practices Series).
Nora Gallagher.

Hardback: Thomas Nelson, 2009.
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The Sacred Meal - Nora Gallagher“Instead of thinking of that Communion as a ghoulish eating of human flesh, think of those who gather at Communion as the body of Jesus…This is my body, he said.  Look around you.”  Looking around is exactly what Nora Gallagher does as she explores the ancient practice of Communion in her new book The Sacred Meal.  This book is one of the latest releases in the “Ancient Practices” Series edited by Phyllis Tickle, and like the other books in the series its aim is to ask us to remember, renew and recollect the essential practices of the Church such as prayer, fasting, and Sabbath-keeping.  Communion as a subject however has challenges that go beyond most ancient practices.  Communion, as we have seen over the history of Christianity, is a source of great division, a means of exclusion as much as embrace.  Nora Gallagher certainly had her work cut out for her in approaching this subject, but she answers the call beautifully.

Rather than centering on all of the ins and outs of the “real presence,” transubstantiation and consubstantiation, Gallagher focuses on her story as it connects with Communion because, as she says in the introduction, it “is the only story I can truthfully tell.”  By reflecting on her own story Gallagher opens up the experience of Communion in all of its complexity, banality, and surprise.

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