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Letters from the week of 27 May - 2 June 2019

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Ascension Day Services

This is by no means an absolutely full survey of every Anglican Parish in this Diocese—but I have checked a fair swag of parish websites: at an estimate, by and large—the tiniest—very tiniest—few are indicating there will be a celebration of Ascension Day on May 30.

(Of course some Parishes may not be advertising Ascension Day as such but will still be having a Eucharist on that day as their regular mid-week Service and willl realise it's "Ascension Day today" when the celebrant looks at the Lectionary—or the BCP!)

Is that likely to be noted Australian Diocese' wide—or is it that Tasmania is a bit recalcitrant about celebrating these important dates in the Christian calendar?

Ascension 'day' scores a mention in all our Creeds so it is reasonable to think it has some importance in Christian doctrine.

Trevor Cowell
Christ Church, Illawarra,
Parish of Longford,Diocese of Tasmania.
Perth,Tasmania, Australia
29 May 2019

The Common Cup

I have steadfastly stood against the process of Intinction since in 1982 when in Hong Kong for my honeymoon, attended several Eucharists at the Cathedral Church of St John in early August. The first could have been St Paul's London—the congregation was 99.5% white (possibly 80-100 persons) and we received in our hands and from the common cup. The second on the Feast of the Transfiguration (Aug 6) was a Diocesan shindig—we were commissioning Canons, Archdeacons, and a new Dean— Cathedral was packed. Introit: Holy, Holy, Holy JB Dykes I realised we were singing this in at least two languages most likely three (English, Mandarin and Cantonese). It still bring tears to my eyes—the Church Catholic,— God in three persons blessed Trinity.

At the communion the Whities intincted, I myself deliberately shared the Common Cup, conscious of how my Chinese sisters and brothers are indeed MY SISTERS AND BROTHERS

Stephan Clark
St Mary Magdalene's Adelaide
Adelaide, South Australia
27 May 2019

I attended services at New Zealand Anglican Church in 2006 where communion was offered in BOTH the common cup (wine) and in the individual cups (grape juice). About half the congregation took communion each way. This was in the South Island's wine country, no less. So there are parishes within the Anglican Communion that are not exclusively using the common cup.

Joan Gundersen, Ph.D. Archivist (retired), Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
1 June 2019

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