Candlelight Eucharist Analysis

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The Anglican Church of the Apostles celebrated their Christmas Candlelight Eucharist on Christmas Eve. This is a prescribed annual celebration based upon Anglican tradition to commemorate the birth of Christ, the son of God. Upon my arrival, I was passed a book of hymns so that I could follow along with the service and was welcomed by practitioners and the church minister, who was eager to invite me back. Practitioners sat in rows of pews which provided a perfect view of the grand church altar. The sacred status of the altar was clearly expressed through the tapestries and candles which decorated the surrounding space, a beautiful stained glass window which extended above the altar, and a bar that prevented entry to the sacred space. The minister…show more content…
This is shown through the teachings of Isaiah and Psalm, the use of the creche, and communion. The sacred texts explaining the teachings of Isaiah and Psalm work hand in hand to encourage congregation members to accept and spread the word of the lord by sharing stories of the benefits of accepting and spreading the word of the lord. Additionally, the Psalm enforces the Anglican worldview of through repetitive statements proclaiming an acceptance of God’s word and monotheism. The use of the creche in the minister's sermon was a tactic used to target the worldview of young children, by having parents read the story of the birth of Christ, it allowed parents to develop skills that will enable them to continue to share mythic narratives with their children, enticing youth to accept Anglican ideology through an interactive story explaining the birth of Christ. Finally, the communion ritual is an extremely important Anglican ritual that was used to recognize the sacrifice Jesus made when he died for our sins and informs the congregation’s worldview by encouraging the congregation to remember the teachings of Jesus. The Christmas Candle Light Eucharist is a prescribed annual ideological ritual which educates parishioners of the mythic narrative of the birth of Christ through sacred texts, interactive sermons, and rituals in order to inform parishioners

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