Reflections on Communion at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Oaxaca

by David Rohrer
A blog entry in response to our “A Year at the Table” series.
November 11, 2019

Last summer on two consecutive Sundays, Hans, Ann, Rosene and David celebrated communion with our brothers and sisters at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Oaxaca, Mexico. The service was conducted in English. The church has no assigned priest; rather it depends on visiting clergy to conduct worship. 

On the first Sunday, a student in training to be an Episcopal priest led the service. We formed a circle, reflecting our oneness in Christ, and passed the wine and wafers to one another, symbolizing the priesthood of all believers. On the second Sunday, worship was officiated by The Rev’d Canon William V. Derby (Paniaqua), OGSChurch of St Edward the Martyr (New York City), who administered the elements to each attendee. 

After both services, we gathered in the courtyard for light refreshments and fellowship. What a joy to see warm smiles and hear pleasant conversation in a mix of English and Spanish. How grateful we were to be welcomed as strangers into this community of faith and to be invited to partake of the Lord’s supper. 

People fellowship around a table of light refreshments in Oaxaca, Mexico.
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