Pauleen Bang from Denmark writes about an uplifting journey and her first experience of “Holy Communioln by Extension” - an occasional service which is useful in our vast diocese.
Last Sunday, after the Eucharist at St. Alban's, Copenhagen, I travelled with our Licensed Lay Minister, Graeme Lloyd-Roberts by train to Aarhus. He had with him his robes and the bread and wine which had been consecrated at the service in Copenhagen. Our chaplain was on leave and our Porvoo minister, who stands in quite often, couldn't make it to Aarhus, so this alternative service was arranged. It required approval from the chaplaincy council (done at a meeting in early January) and then it was approved and authorised by the Bishop. This double approval only applies to a single service, but it was worth it. The Aarhus congregation has just one service each month which is why it was so important that they should not miss out.
I felt truly privileged to be a witness to this very special service - it was the first time Graeme had ever done it. Our Aarhus congregation made us very welcome during and after the service. And a bonus was that I got two very different "Presentation of Christ" sermons. It was a long day, as the train to Aarhus takes over 3 hours, so we weren't back in Copenhagen until almost midnight, but it was wonderful to have been part of this unusual and in some ways historic service.