Woody Allen Eucharist

body and blood Nov 2013This morning I was jarred when the communion tray being passed down our pew was in fact a bowl full of what looked to be assorted coffee creamers. They were clear plastic and some of them contained a purple fluid.

When I reached in and took one I realized the tiny hermetically sealed thimble of grape juice was connected to an even smaller one containing about 2 cc. of cracker.

As we peeled back the foil on this bizarre combination we were singing “We are one–” and I just couldn’t. Couldn’t peel, couldn’t sing, couldn’t partake. Was this not the ultimate commercialization of our faith–the body and blood of our Savior packaged in single-dose servings? In what possible sense were we all partaking of one Person?

I couldn’t help thinking of Woody Allen’s movie Hannah and Her Sisters, in which he comes home from the market and matter-of-factly unloads his groceries from a paper bag onto the kitchen table: a Bible and a crucifix followed by Wonder Bread and mayonnaise–

body and blood - 2I brought my communion home to photograph. There it is with our daily vitamins.

Actually, now that I have had a chance to reflect, I am sure it is a practical way to get the Lord’s Supper to soldiers on the front and to survivors of natural disasters.

I don’t mean to be critical. It was just a shock, that’s all.


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3 Responses to Woody Allen Eucharist

  1. tedrey says:

    How does this compare with your very first communion, Jessica, which, if I remember correctly, involved a fly in your communion cup, and your dilemma consequent thereupon?

  2. I’ll bet that, in the long run, those awful pre-packaged jobbies are more expensive that using a couple of loaves of bread and a jug of Welch’s grape juice. Not to mention how cold and unfeeling it appears. Our congregation uses matzo crackers and both wine and grape juice (for those who are unable – for either medical reasons or reasons of conscience – to drink wine).

  3. High K says:

    this is awful. We get out bread at a gourmet bakery. The kids run up to the table after church and eat all the leftovers-which I find appalling. But I am not their mother. We also have both wine and grape juice for the under aged and alcoholics among us. Malissa

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