Communion is at the very core of our Christian faith, but what about communion cups? How did these small cups come to be? We look at how communion has evolved over the centuries, and how we arrived at the individual communion cup.
Back in the day every church would make use of a single chalice for what would represent the blood of Christ. Some still make use of them today, however after COVID-19 that may not remain true for long. Churches actually started introducing individual communion cups in the 1890’s when sanitation started to become an issue. Based on the current times that we live in, we can understand why churches would want to change.
Since the 1890’s, individual shot glasses became the trend. They would be served to congregants with a wafer, cracker or piece of bread. And along with all the time that went into preparing everything, the cleaning up process would then follow. Have you ever tried to wash 250 individual shot glasses? Or even 2500? This was standard practice for many years. Until…
The pre-filled communion cup. From the perfect amount of juice and the simplest wafer, to disposable cups that no longer needed to be washed. Life has made the act of communion so incredibly simple, just like the gospel. He loves you and He will love you forevermore, not because of anything you did or will do, but because He already did. He died for us so that we could have life, and life in abundance. And a pre-packaged communion cup just adds to that abundant life!
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