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.)

4 comments:

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...

Agreed.

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

Tim said...

Who's Bishop Ryle?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xpq72E_oXoE

;)