Our vicar has returned to work after a period of rehab for alcohol addiction. What adjustments, if any, should be made? Whose responsibility is it, and who is liable for any action? Communion wine is a specific concern. [Answers, 10 June]
Your correspondent suggests that grape juice might be considered as an alternative to alcoholic wine. A much better alternative is alcohol-free wine. The LoNo Drinks Company (www.lono.co.uk) produce a range of wines that have been fermented in the usual way and the alcohol has then been removed. These wines are guaranteed to be not more than 0.5 per cent alcohol.
David Bulgin, Woodbridge
Why would a small Herefordshire church (St Michael’s, Hope Mansel) in 1865 have obtained a handsome “Eucharistic Spoon” (above, thus it is listed in the inventory)? Even supposing that the intention had been to introduce communion in the Eastern manner, the spoon (almost as large as a tablespoon) would barely fit in the narrow chalice. Possible use for oil or water would seem to be precluded by the cross-shaped hole in the bowl (below), through which any liquid would immediately run out. It is a memorial gift, but the inscription gives only initials. N. P.
I have a lengthy drive to work and would like to listen to the Bible (or at least the Gospels) on CD. Ideally, I am looking for NRSV, NJB, or REB, but so far all I have managed to find are KJV, NIV, or American productions. Any suggestions, please? M. T.
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