A Few Questions & Answers
About What We Do At St Luke's - and Other Things!
Most Websites have a FAQ section. While that stands for 'Frequently Asked Questions' many are not really that frequently asked; they more represent questions that might be asked!
Anyway, below are a few such questions. Just click on them to flip down the page to the answer. And, if you have a question that you would like to ask, contact Rev'd Joan
Surprisingly, the practical reason for this is one of hygene. A lot of people, as they dip the bread into the cup (a practice, by the way, called intincture) also dip the tips of their fingers in - leaving behind any germs that are on their hands at that time. The priest, on the whole, has the joy of finishing off any of the wine remaining - and really does not want to share in those germs!
Odd as it seems, drinking from the same cup offers far fewer risks - for those who want to look into this, have a glance at the articles cited on this page: Common Cup Studies.
Sometimes a person with a really bad cold or other infection may not wish to share the common cup. It is worth remembering that the Body and Blood of Christ are equally present in both the Bread and the Wine, so to just receive the Bread is to receive the full Sacrament.
The simple answer is yes, they can - at the descretion of the parents. We believe that Baptism is the Sacrament that brings a person fully into the Church, therefore any baptised person can receive communion at St Luke's - including people from other churches.
On the whole, we would not give the wine to young children and it would be expected that parents tell, and show, children how to receive the sacrament with respect.