The Use of Water in Communion Wine

By Rev. Rebecca

Water in the wine symbolizes several things and dates back to the earliest church, although the practice is not universal (the Greek Orthodox do it but not all Roman Catholics do for instance). It represents the water that flowed from Jesus' side on the cross with both blood and water...much as the church itself was formed and flowed from Jesus' action. The water also symbolizes our baptism and our becoming one with Jesus in his death/resurrection in Communion. There is some disagreement among the early church Fathers about this practice however, so one must admit some level of mystery about itsí origins.

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