Communion wine now available in a packet

The blood of Christ is now being served in a “convenient” plastic-wrapped cup in a move that takes the phrase ‘mass production’ quite literally.

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The photo shows a small amount of wine complete with a piece of wafer (Photo: Imgur)

A picture has emerged online showing a cup of prepackaged wine complete with a piece of wafer that an unknown worshiper recently received at Communion.

The photo has been viewed online over 2.5 million times.

The novelty has been met with scorn by some who view it as a degradation of the important Catholic rite, while others see it as a hygienic and thoroughly modern way of receiving Communion.

One commentator on Reddit, the viral news forum, said: “Catholics believe that the Eucharist is the body of Christ, and treat it with that respect. Putting it in a plastic container seems disrespectful. Similar to how you wouldn’t put your father’s ashes in a ziploc bag.”

But another pointed to its ability to be used in disaster areas where access to traditional Communion wine and bread is difficult:

“Can someone explain what’s wrong with this? I thought the prepackaged ones were for disaster relief, where getting tons of supplies to destroyed areas would be difficult.”

However, the presence of a potentially tricky foil lid on the package could work against its apparent convenience. A commentator warned: “My priest seems a little bit clumsy. It would end in tears, I assure you.”

4 Responses to “Communion wine now available in a packet”

  1. Victoria says:

    What about how environmentally-unfriendly it is? There’s already too much plastic wrapping in our lives!

  2. Bart says:

    “disrespectful” ??
    I wonder..since the communion wine and cracker are eventually passed out of ones colon and bladder… isn’t THAT the ultimate of “disrespect”? Or does Jesus’ ” blood and body” just end up getting absorbed, like into ones appendix?
    Christians…LOL… ya just have to laugh.

  3. Daniel says:

    First thing that should be noted is that this isn’t a Catholic thing. Only primary source I could find for a similar image was from a Grace Methodist conference.

    Second thing, for non-Catholic Christians this is not a sign of disrespect because the wine/grape juice and wafer are, at best, symbols of Christ’s body and blood broken and given in commemoration. There is no importance to the mode of delivery. The Catholic and Orthodox teaching is very different in that we believe that the wafer and wine contains/is the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Christ (in accordance with our conception of what is contained in Scripture). Only at Mass or other liturgical celebrations can the blessing be given and consumption of the sacred species be done without apostasy.

    The argument has been made that such a delivery could be used in extreme situations, such as Mass in a disaster zone, however the risk of spilling even a drop of wine or breaking the wafer trying to open the package is too great.

    Third is the environmental impact. Not dissimilar to what Victoria already stated we are trying to find more environmental methods of delivering the sacred hosts relying less on significant forms of non-renewable resource packaging such as plastics.

    As for Bart, Martin Luther was not the first one to make that argument 500 years ago. The debate’s ongoing as to when the sacred species, wafer and wine, are no longer the body and blood, soul and divinity of Christ (dating all the way back to before the Nestorian conflict in 400 AD even with some clarifications with the Councils of Ephesus, Constance, and Trent) but generally it is at the point that the hosts have sufficiently dissolved in the mouth (technically speaking, we’re not even supposed to chew the wafer). All mockery aside, this is the short-form of the explanation.

    I know it’s been almost three years but this page seems to be the main link about the story.

  4. Ann M. Echols says:

    Please contact me, wanting to learn more about the communion packets. Cost, quantity, etc…

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