Welcome again, my children, to the communion
of your race.
On the other hand, communion in word and sacraments does presuppose that the ministries exercised differently in the various communions be mutually recognized as the ministry of the Church of Christ.
In doing so, it becomes clear that in the end the ecumenical movement raises issues that are not yet clarified either by the individual churches or by the Christian world communions.
More recently, it has been given for outstanding service within the Church of England whether centrally or in the dioceses, or the Anglican Communion
as a whole, and also to those who have contributed to advancing relations between the various Christian communions
I'm living proof of the limitations of researching this important religious rite of passage by asking adults to remember their First Communions.
Catechists, DREs, and teachers may find it useful, but it's a bit heavy for the rest of us who merely want a reminder of our own First Communions.
Nonetheless, the underlying issue raised in these essays is one no Christian can afford to ignore: How do we, as separated ecclesial communions
, embody a common witness to the one gospel of Jesus Christ?
I specify "Catholic" because all churches and all ecclesial communions
have unity of some sort.
The second chapter surveys the ecclesiological foundations for koinonia ecclesiology as it has evolved in the history of conciliar ecumenism, as it is understood in the context of the particular churches, in the example of Lutheran, Anglican and Roman Catholic perspectives, in the work of Faith and Order and the Christian World Communions
, and in selected bilateral dialogues.
But we need the strength of many Communions
if we are to live by the standards Jesus offers us.
Therefore it is not surprising that early on the ILCW committed itself to close collaboration with other communions
in the English-speaking world and the global Lutheran communion
It also concerns other Christian groups such as the Anglicans and Lutherans, who still claim to have unity in their own communions
, however weak this may seem to Catholics.
Indeed, suddenly First Communions
have become extravaganzas, rivaling in many ways the pomp and circumstances once first experienced on one's wedding day.
History was made recently when the Oriental Orthodox Churches and the Anglican Communion
presented a joint statement about the divinity of Christ.
McEUCHARIST The new, "clean and sanitary," and "aseptically sealed" Celebration Cup, its Illinois-based distributor, Communion
Source, boasts, "promises to revolutionize the way that churches around the world offer Holy Communion