Individual Cups at Holy Communion: Practical Guidance

Nov 25, 2020 by

by Andrew Atherstone, Psephizo: Andrew Atherstone writes: As part of the Church of England’s Covid Recovery, the practice of Holy Communion remains a pressing concern, especially as the latest lockdown ends and parishes prepare for Christmas. At November’s General Synod, seven written questions to the House of Bishops and the Legal Advisory Commission focused on this topic, though once again there was no time allowed for supplementary questions to equivocal answers. Jesus commands us to eat...

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Row over Communion wine as lawyers challenge CoE ruling it is against Covid guidelines

Aug 25, 2020 by

by Gabriella Swerling, Telegraph: Earlier this year, the House of Bishops clarified that parishioners drinking wine from the same cup during Holy Communion was forbidden. A row has broken out over Holy Communion wine, as leading lawyers challenge the Church of England’s Covid guidelines. Bread and wine is symbolic in Christian services, and is used to symbolise the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Earlier this year, following written questions submitted to Synod, the House of Bishops clarified...

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Communion cups kerfuffle: legal eagles enter the fray

Aug 17, 2020 by

by Barry Duke, Patheos: WHEN a group of top UK lawyers are asked for their opinion on – of all things – communion cups, you can only shake your head in disbelief. This tale has its beginning in March when the Archbishops of Canterbury and York said churches should not use a single shared cup – or chalice – for communion wine because of the risk of transmitting Covid-19. Which makes perfect sense. But then, at July’s Church of England General Synod, Mary Durlacher, an evangelical lay member ,...

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House of Bishops asked to withdraw ban on individual cups at Communion

Aug 13, 2020 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream: A member of General Synod who asked the Bishops to reconsider the prohibition on individual cups, and was rebuffed by the reiteration of the view that it is “contrary to law”, has presented a detailed Opinion from barristers which concludes that there is in fact no legal barrier to the practice. Mary Durlacher, a lay member from the Diocese of Chelmsford, has sent the Opinion to the House of Bishops and all officers of General Synod, for distribution to...

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Receiving Communion in individual cups: round two

Jul 28, 2020 by

by Andrew Athersone, Psephizo: As the Church of England undertakes its “Covid Recovery” planning, the question of individual cups at Holy Communion continues to gather pace. As is widely known, the House of Bishops have taken refuge behind a 2011 paper from the Legal Advisory Commission (LAC) which summarily pronounced individual cups to be “contrary to law”. Important questions about this at General Synod in July 2020 were dismissed, and Andrew Goddard was first into the ring two weeks ago...

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Can we receive both bread and wine during the pandemic?

Jul 13, 2020 by

by Andrew Goddard, Psephizo: The inability to share a common cup due to Covid-19 has resulted in the withdrawal of wine at Holy Communion and the claim that administration of wine in individual cups is contrary to law in the Church of England.  This was reaffirmed in answer to a Synod question on Saturday.  This article highlights the historical and theological significance of communion in both kinds in Anglicanism.  It then explains the 1547 Sacrament Act to show the flaws in the arguments of...

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