Magazine article U.S. Catholic

These Are My Cups ... (You May Be Right)

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

These Are My Cups ... (You May Be Right)

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The question the September Glad You Asked article ("Why drink from the cup?" by Jim Dinn) does not address is: Why drink from one cup?

I have heard liturgists speak about the powerful symbolism of drinking from a single cup and its faithfulness to the way it was done at the Last Supper, but so what? They also apparently ate from a single loaf of bread. But we don't bother with that symbolism at Communion time.

The real issue becomes one of priorities: Is it more important to hold on to the one-cup rule in spite of all we learn and teach about hygiene, or is it more important to have people drink the Precious Blood? Does anyone really think that as we learn more about hygiene and germs and sanitation, people will be more likely to drink from that single cup?

Why not learn from other Christian churches and use their idea of individual cups to foster greater participation? …

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