Eudel Drain, Liturgical Assistant

The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew (SsAM) wants to be known as a place where diverse people unite in their praise of God and in their service to those God loves, our neighbors. One sign of that was evident to photographer Danny Schweers when he received communion on the third Sunday of Easter in 2017. The person offering him consecrated wafers, like always, wore robes. She said the age-old words, “The Body of Christ, the bread of heaven.” But it was a married black woman who offered him the wafers, and her fingernails and toes were painted robin’s egg blue. Theologically, Danny knows this did not make the rite any more or less holy than when performed by people whose nails are not painted blue, but it was worth a photo after the service.

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