Comments: opinion

I found Rowan Moore Gerety's article on the changed nature of the production of communion wafers absolutely fascinating. It was well-written, and respectful of both the Cavanaugh company and the religious orders who still make wafers.
Thank you, Simon, for posting it.
Although, … whoever thought that the needs of both the United States Food and Drug Administration and the highest levels of the Roman Catholic Church would some day converge? And the company spokesperson’s comment about "baking glue", I found highly appropriate after once trying an unconsecrated wafer. They are even more unpalatable than matzoh -- and that's saying a lot.
At the end of the article, the author makes mention of a company that produces sealed packages of a wafer and a shot of grape juice, that the author says is called a Chasid Cup. I know "Chasid" from a Jewish context. Is there a Christian context for the word?
On the one hand, before the wafers are consecrated, it is just bread. Flour and water. In emergencies, I suppose a priest could buy a box of matzohs, and consecrate them -- then use an industrial vacuum cleaner to clean up the crumbs. Nonetheless, there have been generations of women religious for whom baking the wafers, however much drudgery was involved, was their religious vocation, their way of communing with the Almighty. And, regardless of being just another bread before consecration, the fact of what they end up becoming makes them different.

Posted by peterpi - Peter Gross at Saturday, 14 January 2012 at 7:36pm GMT

Thank God for a Father-in-God like Desmond Tutu. His positive outlook to the world - through the eyes of Christ - is affirming and gracious. No place here for toxicity.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Wednesday, 18 January 2012 at 8:33am GMT

Peterpi,

Sorry. Just saw this.

I would suggest the baking of wafers for those who are willing to undertake it. It's really not that difficult, and the difference between fresh-bake and pre-packaged is significant, rather like the difference between soft- and hardtack.

(And if you think matzoh would be messy, you should see what has to be done at every Orthodox eucharist!)

Posted by MarkBrunson at Thursday, 19 January 2012 at 10:23am GMT
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