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Must we have communion so often?

Why does it seem we have to have communion in order to worship? I grew up in a tradition where communion was served about six times a year, and I think we had greater respect for the rite.

The obvious answer is, we don't have to celebrate the Lord's Supper in order to worship. But as we have rediscovered our catholic roots and reality, we've come to appreciate that when the eucharist isn't part of our weekly worship we miss a dimension of God's gift to us that we profoundly need.

The rich depth and multiple dimensions of communion are constantly being re-experienced among us. Less frequent celebrations of the Lord's Supper took place when we emphasized the sacrament's penitential dimensions, necessitating long, serious, contemplation of our sins.

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