Welcome to our growing library of communion prayers. If you know of a good prayer to say at communion, we invite you to add it at the bottom of the page.
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The Bread and The Cup
Often times, prayers for the Eucharist will be broken up into two sections; For the Bread, and For the Cup. One prayer is to be said before the breaking of the bread, and one before the pouring of the wine.
For the Bread:
Crucified God, we wear beautiful crosses around
our necks, and hang them on our walls. We have
made your triumphant sign of suffering decorative,
when what it really needs to be is defining.
So make us cruciform Lord, in our weekly
remembrance of Christs death on the cross
in our breaking of this bread.
Let us show by the offering of our hearts and hands
the depth of our commitment to live for him who died for us.
In lives of sacrifice and service, empower our
witness to Jesus Christ, whose cross so powerfully
proclaims your love.
For the Cup:
In lifting this cup of remembrance here this morning
Oh God of sacrifice, we are lifting high the cross of Christ
and proclaiming your great love.
We partake, with gratitude, all the gifts that ours
in Christ crucified – new life, real unity, eternal life,
and a meaningful purpose.
Fill us now again with the power of your spirit
that we might be bold in our witness to Jesus Christ,till all the world adores his sacred name.
A First Communion
I believe that You are present in the
Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
I believe it because you have said it
and Im ready to give my life to
maintain this truth.
Prayer for Receiving the Lord
Sweet Jesus, thank You for everything You have bestowed upon me. You have sacrificed Your life to save all of mankind from our sins. You have generously shared with us Your life when You could have chosen not to. Forgive me for the sins I have done against You and for the ones I will be making.
I promise that I will be a better person for you and for others. Bless the hands of the hard working, the hearts of the loving and the souls of those who help.
In Your name, I pray. Amen.
Being One with Jesus
Dear God, I come to You today to praise and glorify Your name. You have showered us with wonderful gifts. The best gift of all is giving Your son to save us from our sins.
There is no worse grief for a father than to lose his son. You have been unselfish and very giving even to those who have turned their backs on You. I pray that they come back to Your welcoming arms. I dedicate this prayer to those who need someone to call on to when the days get rough and the nights are worst.
Give them the strength and courage to come back to You, Father. Being with Jesus has ultimately changed my life. Let it be for them as well.
In Your glory always, I pray. Amen.
Prayer at a Child’s First Communion
Lord Jesus Christ, in the Sacrament of
the Eucharist You left us the outstanding
manifestation of your limitless love for us.
Thank You for giving our child the
opportunity to experience this love
in receiving the Sacrament for the first time.
May your Eucharist presence keep him/her
ever free from sin, fortified in faith,
pervaded by love for God and neighbor,
and fruitful in virtue, that he/she may
continue to receive You throughout life and
attain final union with You at death.
Prayer to Receive the Lord
Lord, as You enter my body, please cleanse me from all my sins.
Teach me to become as pure as You and Your mother Mary. I pray that I become a better person and be kinder to my neighbours. May Your presence in me make me a better person and do whatever is only on Your will.
Thank You for keeping me warm on those cold toasty nights and safe from harm. I pray that all my loved ones live in Your presence and that they always do what is right. I pray for the world to have peace especially in their hearts.
I pray this for Your glory, Lord. Amen.
A Prayer of Thanksgiving
Loving and compassionate God,
God of infinite goodness and mercy,
Your blessed name be glorified.
Yours is the glory,
You are the ruler of all the land and everything on it;
You are the ruler of the world and all its inhabitants.
God of all of us, teach us to live the way you have always wanted.
You are our God and savior,
And our trust is always in you.
We thank you for the blessings that you give us every day.
We thank you for providing food to those in need.
We thank you for blessing us with the desire for your justice for those who are poor.
We thank you for blessing us with the voice to speak for the voiceless.
We thank you for allowing us to be your hands and feet in the world,
For the blessing of being part of the great family that is your Church.
Hear our prayer and help us remember always your call to justice and compassion.
Our God, you will conquer all injustice; with your help we will be victorious.
Prayer After Communion
Lord Jesus, I love and adore you. You’re a special friend to me.
Welcome, Lord Jesus, o welcome. Thank you for coming to me. Thank you, Lord Jesus, o thank you for giving yourself to me. Make me strong to show your love wherever I may be. Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask you to stay close by my forever and love me, I pray. Bless all of us children in your loving care and bring us to heaven to live with you there.
I’m ready now, Lord Jesus, to show how much I care. I’m ready now to give your love at home and everywhere.
Catholic Communion Prayers
Here are some prayers for the Blessed Sacrament from the Catholic tradition.
The Sanctity of Life
My God, we adore You here in the Blessed Sacrament.
As we kneel before You, we recognize You
as the Creator of all Life. We thank You and
praise You for the lives you have given to us
and to those we love. Give us a true and lasting
respect for all life, for we recognize it as coming
from You. We pray for all who have suffered or
died as a result of disrespect whether that suffering
and death has come as a result of abuse, war, gossip,
We pray for an end for all disrespect of life. As we
kneel before You we ask You to forgive all those who
do not respect the sanctity of life. We repeat the words
you spoke as you hung on the cross, ‘Father, forgive them,
for they know not what they do.
Hail to Thee, True Body
Hail to thee, true body born
From Virgin Mary’s womb!
The same that on the cross was nailed
And bore for man the bitter doom.
Thou, whose side was pierced and flowed
Both with water and with blood;
Suffer us to taste of thee,
In our life’s last agony.
O kind, O loving one!
O sweet Jesus, Mary’s Son!
Prayers for After Communion
Here are some simple, short prayer to say after the communion has ended.
Go As Children of God
Go as risk takers,
For God has nourished you with bread and cup.
Go as new creatures,
For God is saving you from your sin.
Go as children of God,
For God will be with us all.
Gracious God, here at this table we have been, in the company of Jesus Christ, our savior and redeemer.
You have revealed your loving ways to us in broken bread
and poured cup.
Now, as your light has illuminated
our lives. Help us be a light for others.
Prayer of Thanksgiving After Communion
Lord Jesus, thank You for being with me today! You have been my guide and guard in all my days and I pray that continue to be so. Thank You for always keeping me safe and warm, for keeping me away from harm.
Thank You for giving me the gift of living another day and for my family who are never away. Bless those who are in need of Your loving protection. Let them be under Your wing and they will never be astray.
May this prayer keep all evils away and only the good will stay. Amen.
Eternal Light, shine in our hearts.
Eternal Goodness, you have drawn us to your heart.
and united us in the sacrament of Christs body and blood.
Eternal Power, be our support.
Eternal Wisdom, scatter the darkness of our ignorance.
Eternal Pity, have mercy upon us.
That with all our heart and mind and soul and strength
we may seek your face and be brought by your infinite
mercy to your holy presence; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Bible Verses About Faith
“In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;”
It is common to use scripture in communion prayers. Click here to read Bible Verses About Faith
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Growing up Episcopalian I remember the communion wine and it was always good. The priest told my mom they got cases delivered from somewhere and I’m not sure it was available for resale. My mom asked him because she loved the wine served.
I was told Baptists and Lutherans don’t drink wine but grape juice because they think fermented drinks were not consumed back then? Anyone?
|by Anonymous||reply 77||05/22/2015|
|by Anonymous||reply 1||01/16/2013|
Oh, and fermented drinks most certainly were consumed in the 1st century and even before then. The old testament is chock full of stories people drinking too much and doing regrettable things.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||01/16/2013|
It is well known that “red drank” was served at the Last Supper.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||01/16/2013|
There has been wine since at least 7000 BCE.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||01/16/2013|
There were fermented drinks like wine or beer before there was bread.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||01/16/2013|
I am fairly certain that all Protestant denominations, other than Episcopalians, use grape juice (Methodists even let small children and non-Methodists partake in communion, which some other churches do not).
|by Anonymous||reply 6||01/16/2013|
I was told Baptists and Lutherans don’t drink wine but grape juice because they think fermented drinks were not consumed back then?
Wine has been around for ages and it was actually a preferred beverage because water supplies were tainted.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||01/16/2013|
So what is there reasoning R7?
|by Anonymous||reply 8||01/16/2013|
Missouri Synod Lutheran here. We’ve always used Mogen David for communion. Grape juice available if a church member shouldn’t be touching alcohol.
I know the other Lutheran denominations all use grape juice. Pussies.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||01/16/2013|
I love the wine served at the Catholic church I grew up in. My mom always got mad at me for drinking from the cup because she was afraid I’d catch something. But I did it anyway because I loved it so much.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||01/16/2013|
I believe Baptists and Methodists are supposed to refrain from alcohol – hence the grape juice.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||01/16/2013|
Oops, there should be their.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||01/16/2013|
But Jesus drank so I’m not sure where this teetotaling came from R11. Doesn’t make sense to me.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||01/16/2013|
Many of the Protestant religions were involved in the temperance movement, so that is perhaps where the ban comes from. As far as Jesus drinking wine goes: most people understand that during Biblical times, water was considered unsafe to drink (and for good reason) so alcohol was the wiser choice. This attitude lasted a real long time. Lewis and Clark brought beer with them on their journey because they felt it was safer to drink that then water.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||01/16/2013|
I’m an ELCA Lutheran. My church, and all the others like it in the area all use real wine. Of all the different Lutheran churches I’ve attended over the years, I can only recall one or two that didn’t use real wine.
Real wine was also served at the Churchwide Assemblies that I’ve attended.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||01/16/2013|
I remember reading somewhere that the Missouri Synod was the only American denomination that never had a temperance society, because Blessed Luther drank beer.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||01/16/2013|
R13 – I agree, but those are their rules. Body is a temple and all that.
Why do the mormons not drink caffeine?
|by Anonymous||reply 17||01/16/2013|
Heck, yeah, R16. Those monks and friars sure could make some good alcohol. Nothing else to do I guess.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||01/16/2013|
R16 Im not certain, but I have a feeling the beer that was around in centuries past was different from the beer we have now, at least in terms of alcohol content.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||01/16/2013|
The Mormons use something like chopped up wonder bread and tiny plastic cups filled with water, all blessed and delivered by 12 year olds.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||01/16/2013|
Christ, why can’t mormons just order the same communion wafers that other churches do? Is everything they do tacky and low rent? Wonder bread is about as low rent as you can get.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||01/16/2013|
I grew up Roman Catholic in the 70s and 80s and they never served wine at communion in the churches I attended. Only the priest had some.
Later, a chalice was available off to the side for those who wanted it, but I’d say that didn’t appear until the late 80s.
Back in the 70s, Communion was placed on your tongue by the priest and the altar boys held that shiny gold thing under your chin in case the drunk old coot dropped it. I guess it was the late 70s when people had the option to take it in their hands and pop it in their own mouths. The poor altar boys looked like they were playing ping pong with that shiny gold thing, never quite knowing where to place it (under chin or under hands).
|by Anonymous||reply 22||01/16/2013|
“I was told Baptists and Lutherans don’t drink wine but grape juice because they think fermented drinks were not consumed back then?”
If that is true then they are not even internally consistent… wasn’t the miracle at the Wedding at Cana (the first attributed to Jesus) where he turned water into wine?!?!
Idiots can’t get their own stories right!
|by Anonymous||reply 23||01/16/2013|
Presbyterians use Welch’s Grape Juice.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||01/16/2013|
I worked at a Presbyterian Church for Boy Scouts, and we used grape juice (concentrate) and white bread. I asked the minister and he said they had dropped the wine when they switched to the tiny little individual shot glasses because it was easier, and they switched to the glasses instead of the goblet back in the days of the polio epidemic because the glasses were more sanitary.
As far as the bread, he said something about how Jesus ate bread, not a wafer, and then he made it very clear that the Catholic nuns controlled the wafer business in this country and it would be a cold day in Hell before Presbyterians would buy their wafers from the Papists.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||01/16/2013|
As far as the bread, he said something about how Jesus ate bread, not a wafer
The last supper was during passover, so Jesus likely used unleavened bread, which is why Catholics (and others) use a wafer.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||01/16/2013|
R26 is correct. Bread was unleavened and not anything like the shit we eat now.
R25 that guy sounds like he needed to loosen up his panties.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||01/16/2013|
Listen if I go to church they’d better goddam serve real wine and not pussy grape juice.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||01/16/2013|
Most Protestants do not use wine. Only the liturgical oldline liberal Protestant churches use wine (Episcopalians, Lutherans). ALmost no Pentecostal, Baptist, Methodist, evangelical, or non-denominational churches use wine.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||01/16/2013|
Why not, R29?
Do you know?
Seems to me a Protestant is a Protestant.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||01/16/2013|
Shouldn’t the wine be Mogan David?
|by Anonymous||reply 31||01/16/2013|
I was brought up as a Methodist and we used grape juice served in a tiny paper cup. The bread for Communion was a home made loaf the pastor’s hippie daughter baked.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||01/16/2013|
r29, most evangelical Protestants think drinking alcohol is something Christians should refrain from at the very least. These Christians believe believe that although alcohol consumption is not inherently or always sinful, it is generally not the wisest or most prudent choice for a Christian to partake in. This view is widespread. Some Christian think alcohol consumption as we know it today is a sin and believe that the wine drank by believers in the Bible had a lower alcohol content than today’s wine. Prohibitionists hold that the Bible forbids partaking of alcohol altogether, with some arguing that the alleged medicinal use of wine in 1 Timothy 5:23 is a reference to unfermented grape juice. They argue that the words for alcoholic beverages in the Bible can also refer to non-alcoholic versions such as unfermented grape juice, and for this reason the context must determine which meaning is required. In passages where the beverages are viewed negatively, prohibitionists understand them to mean the alcoholic drinks, and where they are viewed positively, they understand them to mean non-alcoholic drinks. Prohibitionists are a smaller group of Christians today, but the overall negative view of Christians who drink alcohol is widespread, especially in the South.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||01/16/2013|
Welch’s grape juice was originally developed as a non-alcoholic substitute for sacramental wine, usually in various Protestant churches, the Methodists and Baptists are the first to come to mind though.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||01/16/2013|
OP here. I loved the old time communion we did. I don’t have a religious bone in my body but I thought the wafer and drinking wine out of that big gold chalice was the shit back then. I loved Christmas when the priest would come down the aisle with his purple scarf on and the little incense burner thingie swaying around.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||01/16/2013|
I’m pretty sure most Catholic churches have switched over to grape juice as well.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||01/16/2013|
I don’t know about you folks, but I’m drinking the literal blood of Christ.
Transubstantiation and all that.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||01/16/2013|
We use delicious Seneca grape juice at my church (Welch’s is owned by a bunch of heathens) and anyone using wine is a blasphemer and fornicator.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||01/16/2013|
I grew up in a congregational church. We had grape juice in little crystal glasses that were brought to us. The bread was baked by the minister’s wife. We would sneak down after church and eat the leftovers – she was a great baker!
I was so surprised when I went to an Episcopal service with my friend and I was expected to go to the front of the church and all I got was a drop of wine (I think it was wine) and a dried up cracker thingie. I preferred sitting and getting my little glass of Welch’s and a hunk of homemade bread delivered to me.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||01/16/2013|
r27, unleavened bread was served at the last supper, maybe because Jesus was Jewish, and unleavened bread is what is used at that ceremony. Yeast breads have been around for thousands of years. Even the Egyptians had yeast breads, as did the Romans.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||01/16/2013|
Don’t come back, you lazy git!
|by Anonymous||reply 41||01/16/2013|
R39 we got more than a drop. I’d say we got at least a good swallow but this was 40 years ago too. Inflation may have changed this.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||01/16/2013|
Seventh Day Adventists don’t use wine.
Grape juice in little plastic shot glasses & Wheat Thin ™-like wafers.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||01/16/2013|
Mormons use plain bread and water because they’re cheap.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||01/16/2013|
And tacky R44. Shit, they can’t even spring for grape juice?
|by Anonymous||reply 45||01/16/2013|
I’m an Episcopalian convert. We still use real wine and get plenty of it. I always dip “dried up cracker thingie” in it though.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||01/16/2013|
Catholic. Former altar boy. Hated the wine, but one priest – the usual early Mass one because the pastor didn’t like to get up early – would offer it to us to finish what was left (this was early Mass – 6 and 7), and there was a lot left because at those Masses only the bread was given to attendees. He was rather hot – the priest – and was our swim counselor, so I saw him in the nude and he was lean with a big cock with pale skin and black hair. I couldn’t say no.
It just seemed a little overly generous, since I was in sixth and seventh grade. But I would let the other server have first sip, and if it was one of the savant alcoholics in grade school, I didn’t have much left to deal with.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||01/16/2013|
The Churches of Christ use grape juice. They are afraid if real wine is used, it might lead to dancing.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||01/16/2013|
as r34 mentioned there’s a connection, WWelch was a Methodist. Big time connection there.
Of course they drank wine in ancient times. But American culture had a big temperance streak and that became reflected in certain denominational traditions.
I grew up Baptist and we had the lil plastic cups of juice. In seminary I attended and Episcopal church and was amazed at the feel of wine in my mouth. My forbears would be pleased to know I didn’t turn out to be a lush. Or a dancer. I do suck a lot of dick tho.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||01/16/2013|
Bread was unleavened and not anything like the shit we eat now.
R40 already refuted your unleavened mistake, but I thought someone should point out that not everyone subsists on Wonder Bread and Pillsbury Crescent Rolls.
“The shit we eat now”? There are bread recipes that haven’t changed dramatically in centuries, like baguettes, naan, pita, etc. You can find plenty of decent bread in bakeries and upscale food markets, developed from recipes and traditions that span millenia. To claim bread was magically delicious in the olden days while being “shit” now is a bit ludicrous, unless you’re buying all your bread in aisle 3, next to the hot dog buns and “English muffins”.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||01/16/2013|
I didn’t think any of them used wine.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||01/16/2013|
The only ones who don’t use wine are SOME of the Protestant sects. Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Orthodox and Eastern churches all use wine.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||01/16/2013|
Until I read this thread, I never knew why many Protestants don’t use wine, so thanks to those who provided an explanation. I was brought up Baptist, and as a child I got into trouble for asking why we didn’t drink wine when Jesus’ first miracle was making it. No one could tell me why it wasn’t okay to drink it if Jesus was busy conjuring some up for everyone to enjoy. They just accepted it.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||01/16/2013|
My local priest (Irish American guy in a Puerto Rican church) used Cognac.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||01/17/2013|
Wine? We use the blood of dead gay people, soldiers, and children to give us life.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||01/17/2013|
r53, what you offensively call Protestant “sects” are a huge portion of modern Christianity, and the fastest-growing segment.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||01/17/2013|
Former Episcopalian acolyte here. I remember that I was to serve at a memorial service for one of the members for the parish. The church was out of the ‘regular’ wine (whatever that was), so one of the mothers was instructed to drive to the package store and buy two bottles of tawny port.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||01/17/2013|
Most Protestants use grape juice rather than alcohol for communion which includes Methodists, most Presbyterians, some United Churches of Christ, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Christian Missionary Alliance, some Lutherans, the United Methodist Church, Baptists, Pentecostals, Assemblies of God, Adventists, and Community Churches and most nondenominational churches, including Churches of Christ, International Churches, and independent Christian Churches as well as Community Churches and Bible Churches.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||02/04/2014|
Church of Christ.
They use grape juice.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||02/04/2014|
Any particular reason R58? Jesus drank wine so I don’t understand their problem.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||02/04/2014|
Why is it offensive to call them sects? That’s exactly what they are.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||02/04/2014|
r47, if you’re still around a year later – were there ever any sexual abuse rumors surrounding the hot priest? Giving a near chalice-full of wine to sixth and seventh graders seems so blatantly inappropriate that it seems like possible grooming behavior.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||02/04/2014|
Lapsed Episcopalian here … the pre-confirmation-age children left midway through the service, with communion taking place while they were in Sunday School.
The “cracker thingie” is called a communion wafer, R39.
R54 — the priest’s plying you with cognac had NOTHING to do with communion!
|by Anonymous||reply 63||02/04/2014|
I’ve always been Lutheran and have never heard of a Lutheran Church that didn’t use wine for communion. Some provide grape juice for thise that can’t handle alcohol.
Wine was common in Jesus’ time as a way to preserve the grapes. Non-fermented grape juice would not have been served back then which is why wine is used for communion.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||02/05/2014|
Pretty much everyone in this thread disputes that, R36, so I don’t know why you’re so eager to display your ignorance.
Catholics still use wine, and I think it’ll be a cold day in hell before they mess with the Eucharist that they’ve been celebrating since the dawn of Christianity.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||02/05/2014|
I thought in Catholic churches the laity only get a cracker thingie, so only the priest gets a drink?
|by Anonymous||reply 66||02/05/2014|
WELS Lutheran here – definitely serve wine at communion. Grape juice available for those who can’t / don’t wish to drink alcohol.
|by Anonymous||reply 67||02/05/2014|
The best part of church. I like to continue it after I get home. Hell some days, I live in a 24 hour a day state of communion. Blood of Christ? Pino? It’s all good.
|by Anonymous||reply 68||02/05/2014|
The Mormons use something like chopped up wonder bread and tiny plastic cups filled with water, all blessed and delivered by 12 year olds.
Seriously? They just give out pieces of bread. I’m Catholic and that sounds crazy. I’m used to the wafer. Although I haven’t step one foot inside a church in over 20 years
|by Anonymous||reply 69||02/05/2014|
I was also raised a Lutheran and, though I haven’t been to church in decades, the last time I was there, there was definitely wine at communion.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||02/05/2014|
I grew up Baptist, and our church used grape juice.
|by Anonymous||reply 71||02/05/2014|
Alcoholics Anonymous is the reason some churches don’t use real wine. Some pastors were AA members and had the church bylaws amended so they could keep their sobriety.
|by Anonymous||reply 72||05/21/2015|
Baptists and Methodists do not have communion.
|by Anonymous||reply 73||05/21/2015|
r23 and r66, I grew up Catholic and never had wine for communion. It was only for the priest. I stopped going to church in the mid-80s and only went back for weddings and funerals, and even then didn’t go to communion. When my grandmother died a few years ago, the priest gave us all a special dispensation so we could receive communion without going to confession, so I did in honor of my Nan. I realized they changed the communion wafers, which used to taste like envelope glue, to a softer, whole wheat version.
I also noticed they changed the words to some prayers and some other things changed. What’s with all the kissing at the sign of the peace? Shake the hand on the left of you, shake the hand on the right of you and get on with it.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||05/21/2015|
Wine was common in Jesus’ time as a way to preserve the grapes.
Funniest thing on dl in weeks.
R64 also believes that smoking weed keeps your lungs warm, and snorting coke is how some people clean their mirrors. Shooting heroin helps with hydration. The high is just a regrettable side effect.
|by Anonymous||reply 75||05/21/2015|
As far as the Lutherans go, ELCA, Missouri Synod, ELS & Wels all serve wine. That covers almost all of the Lutherans. My Lutheran church used to get their wine from a Catholic winery.
|by Anonymous||reply 76||05/21/2015|
Another thing I remembered, the priest at my Catholic church when I was a kid led AA meetings. I wonder if he was drinking grape juice or wine. Or was it considered holy enough that he could drink it without relapsing.
|by Anonymous||reply 77||05/22/2015|
The night before he was betrayed and killed, Jesus had a meal with his disciples. This meal was part of the Jewish Passover. During the meal he picked up a loaf of bread. Jesus prayed “Blessed are You, LORD, our God, King of the universe, Who brings forth bread from the earth” He then broke it.
This bread was matzos – like a large cracker, not what we think of as a loaf. Jesus said the bread was his body which was about to be broken. He passed the bread round and told all of them to take a bit.
He then took a cup of wine and said it was his blood that was going to be spilt for them. He prayed “Blessed are You, LORD, our God, King of the universe, Who creates the fruit of the vine” Passing the cup round he told the disciples to drink from it.
Still today Christians have a special ceremony when they eat and drink to remember Jesus. This ceremony is called Communion, or The Lord’s Supper. Some churches call it the Eucharist or Mass.
The person leading reads out the description of the Last Supper from the Bible. They stand at the front, behind the table, facing the congregation. Then there is a prayer thanking God for what Jesus has done for us. The person at the front picks up a loaf of bread from the table and tears it, quoting the words of Jesus: “This is my body given for you. Do this in remembrance of me”.
Other people then carry the bread, on a plate, round to each person in the meeting. People can either tear a piece off the loaf or take a bit that has already been cut off (including gluten-free bread) from the plate. As people take a piece of bread they eat it and think about Jesus dying for us.
When everyone has been served, the person at the front holds up a cup and invites everyone to drink. Other people carry round holders that have lots of little cups, as shown in the photograph on the left. Each little cup has red grape juice in. When everyone has a little cup, the person at the front invites everyone to drink at the same time.
Jesus used wine and all the disciples drank from the same cup. Some churches still do this. Other churches are concerned that any recovering alcoholics in the meeting would be in danger if we used wine. To avoid this we use grape juice or some other non-alcoholic drink. Alcohol kills germs which is why everyone can drink from the same cup if it contains wine. We have to use separate cups for hygiene reasons. We all drink at the same time to remind us that we are all one.
Taking communion reminds us of the fact that Jesus died so that we can become children of God. In a special way, Jesus is present with us when we do this. Jesus also said he would not drink wine again until he drank it in the Kingdom of God. The apostle Paul said ‘Now whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes’ (I Corinthians 11:26). So communion also reminds us that Jesus is coming back.
We do not check on people before serving communion. We trust that people who are not ready will not take it. Communion is for those who have decided to follow Jesus. Paul warns us to examine ourselves before taking communion. If we feel guilty about something we pray to God and say sorry. If we don’t feel guilty about anything we probably should do. None of us is perfect; and if we were we would probably be proud and that would be wrong. Taking communion is rather like going to see a doctor. We don’t go to see a doctor when we are well, but when we know we need to be better and are ready to accept help.
We do not expect very young children to understand or take communion. Parents who are committed Christians may decide when they think their children are ready to take communion.
If you want to read about the Last Supper and communion here are the Bible passages:
The story told by Matthew, Mark and Luke. Paul instructs christians on taking communion.
The police know that when three people give evidence about an incident each person remembers different things. They may have been looking in different directions so one saw something the others didn’t. If they all tell exactly the same story they must have agreed between them what to say. This is why Matthew, Mark and Luke have slight differences. Paul was not there and says he is passing on what he was told by those who were.