During a recent communion at church I suddenly made these observations: why do we take communion only at certain times? Would it be more (or at least equally) appropriate to “take communion” at every meal? And on a related note, why do people religiously pray over their meals, but not snacks or drinks? This post is my attempt at thinking through my own questions. I haven’t done a thorough analysis of the translated or original texts, though. These are just my thoughts.
Before I start, a note on terms. Christian communion is the practice of taking bread and wine in remembrance of Christ and his sacrifice. I’m defining ritual as a practice with certain uncommon behaviors that are practiced certain special times. Even though it’s certainly not out of the question, we don’t often think of religious rituals as something done daily (despite the therm “daily ritual,” which has to do with habits). I’m making the usual connotation of “special times only” part of my definition for this argument. Continue reading “Should Christian communion be a ritual?”