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Monday, April 6, 2020
This is going to be an extraordinary Holy Week. It is important for us to find ways to be fed as we walk the week with Christ to the cross. Let us all give some deep thought as to how to mark this week of the year.
There is a lively national debate about how to do church. Generally the advice has been that we must do church online, and it should be either Morning Prayer or a "Spiritual Communion." The majority of Bishops have been recommending that we avoid "drive-by communion" or "virtual communion." The key part of the argument has been the need for the act of remembrance to involve a community, which is present. It is the community gathered that makes a Eucharist possible.
This will not be the last time when gathering is made impossible. So I invite us all to join the conversation. Take some time to read around this question: give some thought to some of the complex issues, and do take a view. For students, this is a key moment of formation. Certain very fundamental decisions are being made; do seize the moment to make informed and thoughtful decisions.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President