Three churches have recently produced liturgies for 'extended communion'. This is the distribution of previously consecrated elements at a public service by lay people or a deacon in the absence of a priest. This development began in the Roman Catholic Church with the Vatican 'Directory on Sunday Worship in the absence of a priest' in 1988. The Methodist Church produced a service of Extended Communion in 1999, and the Church of England authorized 'Public Worship with Communion by Extension' in 2001. In this book Phillip Tovey examines these churches to discover the reasons for the production of these services and their theological rationale. An in-depth examination of case studies draws conclusions highly relevant to the wider church.

part 1|71 pages

Developments in the Churches

chapter 2|20 pages

The Roman Catholic Church

chapter 3|22 pages

The Methodist Church

chapter 5|4 pages

Part I: Conclusions

part 2|91 pages

A Case Study and Theological Implications

chapter 6|20 pages

Case Studies from the Rural Parishes

chapter 7|20 pages

Case Studies from the Urban Parishes

chapter 8|16 pages

Repercussions for Ministry

chapter 9|14 pages

Questions of Liturgical Practice

chapter 10|14 pages

Implications for Ecclesiology

chapter 11|6 pages

Part II: Conclusions

part 3|7 pages

General Conclusions

chapter 12|6 pages

General Conclusions