17 July 2009

Communion compromise

Mike Peatman has posted about this news from the Blackburn Diocese. Given the flu pandemic, clergy in the diocese have been asked to offer communion in one kind - just bread - to try to halt the spread of the virus.

I'm sure it will cause shock to many people, but as an Anglican who regularly worships with Roman Catholics (in a eucharistic setting), I am well used to the idea of receiving only the bread.

Perhaps this could even be a positive thing for the church! Maybe, in being forced to ask questions about the nature of communion, people will come to a deeper understanding of what is going on.


  1. It's the idea of making communion safe or sanitised that seems wrong. I'd rather abstain from the sacrament altogether- as a costly decision for other people's good.

  2. I suppose for many folks, the idea of abstaining from communion would seem even more wrong than changing their methodology for a while.

    As I said, receiving in one kind is not a new thing for me, so it doesn't feel like much of a change.