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Mission and eucharist

by
22 December 2016

December 22nd, 1916.

A DAILY paper recently referred to the National Mission as already over. It has, in fact, just begun. The delivery of the Message was from the beginning intended to be the first phase of a steady advance, the beginning of a great push which is to lead to more sustained endeavour. The Archbishop of Canterbury laid due emphasis upon this when he addressed the members of the council of the Mission at Lambeth Palace. He spoke of the work of the council as being that of initiative and guidance; the persevering work of the Mission throughout the land was now to begin. . . It is that work which must be continued and developed, if the National Mission is to accomplish its purpose. Already there are clear signs that something has been achieved. The Archbishop of York, in an estimate of the first results of the Mission, to which we call attention elsewhere, has spoken of the important point which has been gained in those parishes where, for the first time, the Lord’s Service has been given its rightful place in the worship of the parish. He has been surprised, he says, at the general and most moving proofs of a real readiness on the part of Churchpeople to find in the Holy Communion the true centre of their worship and fellowship, of their union with God; he has been touched by the self-sacrifice which they have shown in their desire to worship and to receive the grace of Christ in His Sacrament. There have been cases in which all the churches of a town preponderantly Evangelical have restored during the Mission the daily Breaking of Bread. That is a real gain, and the pledge of further advance.

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