A pastoral letter to the clergy of the diocese of Oregon regarding the Eucharist

A pastoral letter to the clergy of the diocese of Oregon regarding the Eucharist

The Right Reverend Michael Hanley, Bishop of the Diocese of Oregon, has issued a pastoral letter to the clergy of the diocese regarding the celebration of Holy Communion during the Coronavirus pandemic, while social distancing, limited-sized group gatherings, and personal protective equipment are the norm.

Bishop Hanley says, in part, “Theologically, the rite of the Eucharist is a corporate celebration of the liturgy as the principal service to be held on a Sunday morning. It is an act of community as we gather to worship the Lord in the beauty of Holiness. We do not hold to a theology of private communion and while the taking of communion can be a deeply spiritual experience, a sort of me and Jesus moment, it is primarily, I believe, an act of the gathered community.”

The letter is available for download in English and en Español.