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Greater and lesser

07 October 2016


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Your answers 
Why does Common Worship, in its naming of combined services, place the emphasis on lesser sacraments: for example, “Confirmation within a Celebration of Holy Communion” rather than “Holy Communion with Confirmation”?


I expect the reason that Common Worship calls the service “Confirmation within a Celebration of Holy Communion” is that it is included in the volume Christian Initiation, which provides the alternatives “Baptism and Confirmation within a Celebration of Holy Communion” and “Baptism and Confirmation apart from a Celebration of Holy Communion”.

Common Worship: Christian Initiation is about baptism and confirmation (among other things), not holy communion, and is providing different options for how those rites of initiation can be celebrated.

I can’t imagine that the editors ever expected anyone to reproduce those names on the cover of a service booklet, where, as the questioner suggested, something like “Solemn Eucharist with Confirmation” would seem more appropriate.
(The Revd) Daniel Trott London SE19


The Alternative Service Book 1980 had set a precedent with “The Marriage Service with Holy Communion” and “Confirmation with Holy Communion”, reflecting, perhaps, the sequential order (as probably also with “Morning Prayer with Holy Communion”). “Within a Celebration of” seems to be a CW phrase, hinting at a concern that the eucharist is not an add-on. “Confirmation without Holy Communion” (ASB), a title that, taken at face value, looks odd, implied to the initiated that a eucharistic context was the norm. It did not survive into CW. Editor


Your questions
As I brought my eight-year-old granddaughter home from school, we listened to Choral Evensong. The music was wonderful, but the NT lesson included Matthew 18.1-9. She was horrified and found Jesus a great turn-off. Should the Church not be more careful about the passages put out to the public in this way without explanation?
B. P.


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