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Originally posted by Indifferently:
Most Lutherans have not maintained the episcopate. I am not sure I would be comfortable receiving communion in a Lutheran setting.

That's highly regionally-specific, though, to be sure.

My last Lutheran parish offered a choice of common and wee but wine was always used. I'm not inclined to take an impossibilist stand on the basis of speculation of dominical will had Welch's fermentation been known in the classical Levant. Ecumenical concerns are another matter (cue Father Ted) but then Anglicans are already accustomed to coeliac-friendly rice wafers, decidedly invalid "matter" in most of Christendom.

FWIW, the last (and perhaps only) time I received the species of grape juice was last year at one of the Mohawk Chapels Royal, when the national indigenous bishop celebrated the Diamond Jubilee Mass.

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Originally posted by Indifferently:
The Church is supposed to be One Body. Where practicable, congregations should drink from the one and the same Chalice.

This shows me how moving between traditions can create difficulties.

I mentioned above that I had felt that the congregation all drinking at the same moment, and all eating at the same moment, had made me feel very much part of one body, united by the time of the action.

When we migrated to the Anglicans because the church whose body we had believed we were one with made it impossible for my mother to continue as a member (that is important, because it was not for matters of belief about the teachings of the churches), I found the use of the common cup made it less obvious that we were all of one body, as did the separate taking of the wafers.

It was the way that the two lines of communicants did not communicate, those who had received passing down to the nave without making any eye contact with those still waiting to receive.

That is obviously a result of they way each group is internally preparing to receive and then reflecting on receiving, and in no way a criticism of the congregation, but I never really felt again that we were one body in the same way as I had when we all partook at the same time.

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