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Out of the question

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04 December 2015

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Why cannot the wine remaining in the chalice after the holy communion service be poured down the drain . . . ? [Answers, 6 November]


Celebrants in 1662 were not faced with the necessity of driving home after the service perhaps as many as 15 or more miles. Frequently, I have been faced with this dilemma when I have helped out in rural parishes and overestimated the number of communicants. I was once told that, at Canterbury Cathedral, there was a place where the consecrated wine could be “returned to earth”.

This is a practice I have adopted when in this particular situation. While pouring consecrated wine down the drain would be abhorrent, for the reasons mentioned by your other contributors, I have on occasion taken the remaining consecrated wine to a quiet corner of the churchyard and reverently and prayerfully have poured it into the earth from where it originated. I am sure God understands.

(The Revd) Margaret Cooling
St Briavels, Gloucestershire

 

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