9365Re: Frequency of Communion Questions
- Dec 1, 2003Hello,
I don't know if I'll be able to sufficiently answer your questions,
but I'll take a shot.
> Question:I think the Convession uses the term frequent to distinguish it's use
> - Why does the WCF use the term "frequent"? Is this based mainly on
> practical, political, or Scriptural considerations?
from Baptism which is but once and not to be repeated. The Lord's
Supper, however, is to be repeated. I see you live in West Virginia,
which isn't quite as North East as I am. But suppose I would say that
where I live, we have "frequent snowstorms," or that California has
"frequent earthquakes" or that I "frequent a restaurant"... this
"frequency" is not exactly defined, is it? What it means is more than
once, or relatively often. Now, I lean towards the IDEAL of weekly
communion, however, I also know that it may be impractical and even
detrimental in some (most?) congregations. Let me give you an
example: Suppose there is a congregation where the majority of the
congregation has not even learned the Small Catechism, what benefit is
it to them if we should feed them the Lord's Supper weekly? Does this
not qualify as "ignorant," which our Standards (according to the
Scriptures) state is a disqualification from the Lord's Supper? I
think that frequency needs to be balanced with the Minister's duty to
guard the Table, and if the two can be balanced, then I have no
problem with weekly communion. Off the top of my head, I recall
Calvin arguing for very frequent (weekly?) communion, though he
conceded to practicing it 4 times yearly due to various circumstances.
I've not spent a whole lot of time studying this, so I would
appreciate the thoughts of others as well.
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