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“Prepackaged” communion??

“Prepackaged” communion?? September 7, 2014

So, this seems to be a thing now.

The image below is ricocheting around Facebook with the simple headline: “My church gave prepackaged communion,” but no other explanation.

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Okay. This is clearly not Catholic; anything like this in a Catholic setting would be invalid and illicit. (And have no fear: if Catholics found these things being dispensed in the communion line, more than a few people would simply raise hell about it.)

Curious, I did a little digging. A search around the interwebs found this website, which offers a description:

One box of five hundred double-sealed and disposable, individual Celebration unleavened wafer and concordia grape juice sets combine modern convenience and purity with a taste for tradition. The elements are prepackaged, with both unleavened wafer and concordia grape juice in a single two-part recycleable container. Communion participants peel back one seal to remove the communion wafer. A second seal under the wafer is then removed for juice. Celebration cups are designed to fit standard communion ware. Celebration Cups have a seven month shelf life and no refrigeration is required.

The online ad, meantime, makes these items look like pudding cups:

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