Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Ryle on Frequent Communion & Sanctification

"The person that goes regularly and intelligently to the Lord's Table finds it increasingly hard to yield to sin and conform to the world."

~ J.C. Ryle, first Bishop of Liverpool

You will have multiple opportunities for Table Fellowship with Our Lord this Lent - on Sundays and Wednesdays. I have found that since joining a sacramental church, my personal holiness has increased. I attribute this directly to receiving the Body & Blood of Our Lord, with the assurances of an apostolic priesthood. (When I was in a non-apostolic church, we still received weekly - but I'd be more inclined to say "weakly" since it did not have the sanctifying effect it has on me now.)


Benjamin P. Glaser said...

John Calvin and I would agree with you.

(except on the extra holy days of course)

Fr. Chris Larimer said...

Clearly seasonal remembrances are a bad thing, as we are so careful to observe all righteousness without the externals. ;p

I think we face a very different problem than Calvin did in terms of an ecclesial culture. You can tell regularly churched people to elevate their eyes. Those whose eyes are just being opened need a little more than that.

Give us 1000 years to make the barbarians Christian again, and then we'll have us another Reformation.

Benjamin P. Glaser said...


One of the reasons why I am big on reclaiming the Christian Sabbath.

Tim said...

Who's Bishop Ryle?