From the Revd Geoffrey Squire
Sir, - With regard to the item "Alcohol-free wine to be served"
(News, 20 September), I feel
that the Church Times has slipped from its usual high
standards by referring to the Precious Blood of the Lord in his
holy sacrament as "wine being served", as though it were something
happening in a pub.
More important, however, is what happened in that church. The
pure fermented juice of the grape, i.e. alcoholic wine, was most
surely that which was used by Christ himself when he instituted the
holy eucharist, and it has been mandatory in all churches of
Catholic order, including our Church of England, throughout all the
ages, and required by Church of England canon law.
Far better if that church explained the teaching of Holy Church
that Christ is present in all his fullness in both species, and
suggested that those who wish to do so for medical or similar
reasons may receivethe holy sacrament in the form of the sacred
Host only, as is permitted by canon law, rather than ignore the
laws of the whole Church and create yet another Anglican novelty,
and even raise doubts about the validity of those eucharists.
Devon EX32 7NR