Communion is at the very center of our Christian faith, but what about communion cups? How did these individual cups come to be? We take a look at how communion has evolved over the years, 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 Jesus. Some still make use of these practices, however after COVID-19 that may not remain true. Churches actually started introducing individual communion cups in the 1890’s when sanitation started to become a concern. Based on the current times that we live in, we can completely understand why churches would want to change.
Since the 1890’s, individual shot glasses became the norm. 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 followed. Have you tried to wash 500 individual shot glasses? Or even 2000? This was standard practice for many years. Until…
The pre-packaged communion cup. From the perfect amount of juice and the simplest wafer to disposable cups that no longer needed to be washed. What is not to love? 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 to the full. And a pre-filled communion cup just adds to that full life!
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