Worship: Johnson at the Altar Rail

On occasion, President Johnson has attended Sunday morning worship services at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Washington, where, like most of the congregation, he goes to the altar rail to receive Holy Communion. But Lyndon Johnson is not an Episcopalian (although his wife and daughters are), and a confirmation rubric of the book of Common Prayer states that "none be admitted to the Holy Communion until such time as he be confirmed, or be ready and desirous to be confirmed." Rev. Albert du Bois, executive director of the stiffly Anglo-Catholic American Church Union, questions whether Johnson is entitled to...

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