Admission to Holy Communion
Admission to Holy Communion at the Broadway Site Mass
The weekly school mass brings the whole school community together in worship and prayer and reinforces our purpose as a church school. The mass is the most important act of worship of the Christian church and it is a great privilege for us all, children and adults, to be able to take part. Christ the Saviour follows the ancient practice of the Church of England, inviting all those who have been baptized and confirmed to receive Holy Communion. We also welcome people of other Christian churches who are communicants, in accordance with the regulations given to us.
The Holy Spirit guides us through teaching and preparation, catechesis, so that we may grow in our faith. At whichever point in our life we become a communicant we all come into Communion with Our Lord and into full Communion with one another as we approach the altar.
Children who haven’t yet been admitted to Holy Communion formally, or been duly prepared, often come forward with impressive enthusiasm but are uncertain as to what they are doing and how to proceed. We all benefit from preparation. Children are taught about the mass and confirmation in R.E. and are encouraged, at the mass on both sites, to look forward to the time when they can become faithful communicants.
In the Church of England, the law on admission to Holy Communion is set out in Canon B 15A of the Canons of the Church of England which can be found here: http://www.churchofengland.org/media/35579/sacraments.pdf Paragraph 1(c) of Canon B 15A refers to "regulations of the General Synod". The relevant regulations are the Admission of baptized children to Holy Communion Regulations 2006 ("the 2006 Regulations"). They can be found here, at page 10/30 in the PDF document: http://www.churchofengland.org/media/35579/sacraments.pdf
Children admitted to Holy Communion at the School Mass:
1. Members of the Church of England who have been confirmed in the Church of England
2. Un-confirmed children from the parish of Christ the Saviour will wait until they have been confirmed before being admitted to Holy Communion – these children are often taught to approach the altar with their arms crossed for a blessing.
3. If a child attending the Church of England in another parish presents the requisite written evidence that he has been formally admitted to Holy Communion under the 2006 Regulations, he is entitled to be admitted to Holy Communion in any parish, irrespective of whether the children of that parish are admitted to Holy Communion prior to confirmation. (See para 10 of the 2006 Regulations).
4. Orthodox and Armenian children who are confirmed at baptism, and are communicants, and Roman Catholic children who have made their first communion are entitled to receive Holy Communion in the Church of England.
5. Baptized, communicant members of other Churches which subscribe to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity (assuming, of course, that they present themselves at the rail to receive) and who have been formally admitted to Holy Communion in their own church.
Reverence and Worship
Pupils who are admitted to Holy Communion must be prepared to receive it with reverence. We approach the altar in line with the traditions of the parish - approaching with hands clasped and in silence. We consume the host immediately in front of the priest and then proceed to receive the Chalice - we discourage self-intincting (dipping the host in the chalice) in this parish.
Pupils admitted to Holy Communion will be given a small badge to help clergy identify if they are permitted to receive the Sacrament.
Staff and Parents
Staff are entitled and encouraged to receive Holy Communion if they meet the same criteria. If not receiving, they are strongly encouraged to present themselves for a blessing at the altar – approaching the priest with arms crossed diagonally.
If you are interested in being confirmed please speak to one of the priests.