My good friend Fr. Brian wrote an excellent article about the connection between Holy Communion and creation. It can be read here: http://allsaintswritersblock.wordpress.com/2011/11/25/fruit-of-the-earth-and-work-of-human-hands/ If you take the moment to read it, I’d offer a brief shout-out to why I’m linking to it here.
- It’s an example of good liturgy. We believe in lex orandi lex credendi, meaning “what you pray is what you believe.” So it’s very important that liturgy is not just any old prayers thrown together, but good ones with lots of depth that are wellsprings of good devotion and good theology. The entire article flows from a pair of prayers during the Eucharistic liturgy, thus showing it’s a positive example of what liturgy can do for our spiritual & intellectual development.
- Communion is a many-layered thing. People who reduce it to acts of intellectual recall tend to lose most of the layers of meaning, and this article teases out one of these oft-neglected layers (even among the more Catholic range of folk): creation. In the Eucharist, the labors of God and mankind are mingled, combined, and transformed into something new, which is a token of the New Creation and a partial fulfillment of the “creator” part of the Image of God within us.
And for those who get suspicious of Christian articles that don’t cite the Bible every two sentences, allow me to offer the final verse of Psalm 90 as a biblical parallel to the final point of Fr. Brian’s article:
May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us;
establish the work of our hands for us –
yes, establish the work of our hands.