Eucharistic Communion with Bread Only
Question: Why do Catholics take the bread only during communion?
Answer: The Lord wants His disciples to partake of both the bread and the wine in remembrance of His body and blood given for us. The Bible says,
Jesus gave bread and wine to all the apostles present at the meal. Jesus emphasized that all should take the cup: “Drink from it, ALL OF YOU.” This was the practice of the apostolic church, and the general practice in all churches down to the twelfth century. We also notice that the Eucharist was celebrated during a meal (“as they were eating”).
In the fifteenth century, the Roman Catholic Church decided to establish a new and binding rule -- namely, that the laity should receive only the bread, as expressed in the following citation:
This rule was re-affirmed by the Council of Trent in the sixteenth century, adding a curse on anyone who dares to say that it is a precept of God that all Christians should receive both bread and wine:
So, the Roman Catholic Church freely admits that:
Yet, despite the Biblical teaching and the tradition of the early church, the Roman Catholic Church presumes to have the power to enact different rules (e.g., obligatory fasting before communion and partaking only of the bread by the laity) on the basis of the authority of the magisterium.
While these rules are not the most serious errors with regard to the Catholic teaching on the Eucharist, they do show clearly that Rome’s claim to infallibly teach God’s Word is a sham. They do not teach God’s Word; they teach their own! By their own presumed authority and with complex arguments, the Catholic bishops twist the evident meaning of the Bible to replace it with their own inventions. Was it not for this same attitude that Jesus rebuked and warned the religionists of His time? Is His warning not applicable to the Catholic magisterium today as well? “This people honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men… making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do” (Mark 7:6, 13).
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