PeaceBang is on a real high after a lovely Palm Sunday service and Communion. She wore an alb this morning and, because she is particularly talented that way, got a big purple grape juice stain right on her chestular area. At least it was symmetrically placed.
I love that albs are washable; I just got home, rubbed my Spray N’ Wash Stain Stick on the juice stain (“Treat now, wash later!” says the product) and can rest secure in the knowledge that that sucker will be as white as the Holy Ghost dove when I take it out of the dryer.
So I have a question for you, pigeons: in your tradition, what does the priest/pastor do with the remaining Communion wine/juice and bread after the service? Being very low church tradition, I have never been tutored in this matter and have usually either finished the bit of wine myself (or if we’re having a house Communion, we drink it during lunch), taken it home, or poured it over the roots of a tree if there’s just a bit left. The bread is sent home with someone, brought to nursing homes/shared with shut-ins, eaten for lunch and often shared as crumbs with the birds (I think the Franciscans might like that).
Does Scripture have anything to say about this?
I have studied Eucharistic theology and tradition on my own for years (it’s not part of customary Unitarian Universalist practice any more) but would love to hear what you have to say.
Let the discussion begin!