The Lord’s Supper and Alcohol-Removed Wines

A common area of pastoral concern regarding Holy Communion centers on the responsible communing of those with health issues related to alcohol (e.g. alcohol intolerance; medication reactions; alcoholism). There may also be members of a parish who have an aversion to alcohol due to some past experience in their lives.

First and foremost, every one of these cases is going to require individual pastoral care: discussion, prayer, and study of the scriptures together.

Questions arise from time to time – and in fact I came across one posted to Twitter overnight – concerning what may be used for the elements? For example: “Is it alright to use gluten-free hosts?” Another question (this is the question linked to above): “Is it permissible to use non-alcohol or alcohol-removed wine in the Supper?”

First, it is not in keeping with our Lord’s institution nor faithful…

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2 thoughts on “The Lord’s Supper and Alcohol-Removed Wines

  1. theoldadam says:

    We offer non- alcoholic wine for those who cannot tolerate alcohol.
    We don’t want to be a barrier to anyone.

    And since it is that Word of promise attached to the wine that is primary…we believe the Lord would be ok with it.

    Thanks, Brad.

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