I flew a kite here for the notion of confession following our taking of communion. It wasn’t enthusiastically embraced!
I was reminded on Sunday of how brilliant Thomas Cranmer’s ‘Prayer of humble access’ is. In the Anglican church, this is what we pray before receiving communion. Isn’t it great?
We do not presume to come to this your table, merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in your manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under your table. But you are the same Lord, whose nature is always to have mercy: Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of your dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body, and our souls washed through his most precious blood, and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.
Now if the supper was explained to people ‘On the night He was betrayed, Jesus took bread…’. And people said this prayer, haven’t we been sufficiently prepared? Then, following my appropriation of Christ’s grace, then I formally confess my sins – and let’s take some time about it, let’s mourn our sin and hate it. But don’t we confess best when humbled by grace?
(Even if you object to this, thought I’d share the prayer – good huh?)