Originally Posted by NicaG
It seems like some churches have a service with communion once a month, or maybe even less? Why is that?
I am Presbyterian (PCUSA) and we do it once a month. And then on certain holidays, I guess like Maundy Thursday, Christmas Eve, World Communion Sunday
in October. But I don't think we have it on Easter, oddly enough unless it would be our normal day for it, and since we have no Vigil service, it feels lacking. I don't think we do it on Good Friday, either, but I don't believe Episcopalians do either, at least from my recollection.
I used to belong to an Episcopal church and before I had joined, they were in the habit of only doing the Eucharist every other week. On alternating weeks they did Morning Prayer. When the new priest came in, he said that they must add the Eucharist to the Morning Prayer service, so we had two different formats, but always had the Eucharist. It was an old country church, very small attendance, and I guess the families there hadn't wanted to have it every week and got away with not doing so. The new priest started keeping the communion elements in the tabernacle on a continuous basis, and also holding a daily mass.
I'm honestly not sure why my church does it only once a month, other than it is not a sacrament for us, so I guess they feel like they don't have to do it as frequently. Our Book of Order states that the session (the governing body) is responsible for authorizing all observances to ensure regular and frequent celebration, in no case less than quarterly, but more can be added. It almost seems like it's some tradition, because it sounds like you could do it once a week if that is what the people wanted.