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It seems the common adventist practice is to bury the holy communion left overs. But considering what the wine and bread symbolise, (i.e. the blood and body of Christ), and that the above mentioned practice seems to lack sound biblical support, would it not be prudent to ensure that all the wine and bread is consume, somehow? (food for thought). Burying the wine and bread may have a totally different meaning to the interpretation of the ritual....  

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They are taken and buried, usually by an Elder, on the church property.

Affirmative ... but is it correct? It seems to indicate the disposal of some part of Christ. Consider the ritual's old testament parallel (passover) instructions in Exodus 12....

Exodus 12:10  And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.

As I understand that the remains should be burned with fire if they are not consumed. As Leslie says they consume everything.  

In my church we consume all if after they pass around and there is remainder we just take again.we never have any left for burying.

That is not common practice... Nuff  Sed

"The time has come when we should hear less in favor of the regular lines [i.e common practice]. If we can get away from the regular lines into something which, though irregular, is after God’s order, it may cut away something of the irregular working which has led away from Bible principles." (20Manuscript Release p. 143)

I like Leslie Ann's comment. It makes me think of Jesus telling the disciples to gather up the fragments so that nothing was lost, or wasted

"...It is as hard today to break away from the regular lines as it was in Christ’s day. We have had great light. Let us not become narrow." (20MR p.143)

Another common practice connected with communion service is the formal covering of the bread and wine. This interests me too, because in Protestant history it was important [at least for some of the Protestants] that the tables were not covered. They understood that the practice of covering (or veiling) the "elements" (the bread and wine) came from the idea of the Catholic "mysteries".

That's what has been suggested in my congregation (Leslie Ann's comment) and its been working for us ... seems a logical way round the challenge...

Yes Daniel I believe that is right

Interesting suggestions Rob ... at least none of the bread and wine will be buried after the session. (Act 13:35  For this reason He says also in another psalm, You will not allow Your Holy One to see corruption [to undergo putrefaction and dissolution of the grave]. [Ps. 16:10.] ) AMP Bible. The only risk will be having nothing left for the pastor or too much left for one stomach to consume ha ha ha h a. But 1 Cor. 11 seems to indicate that the way holy communion was done back then is quite different from how we do it today - they had a proper meal and ended up scrambling for the food in a disgraceful manner that Paul had to rebuke them. (

1Co 11:20 When therefore ye assemble yourselves together, it is not possible to eat the Lord's supper:
1Co 11:21 for in your eating each one taketh before other his own supper; and one is hungry, and another is drunken.
1Co 11:22 What, have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and put them to shame that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you? In this I praise you not.
1Co 11:23 For I received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which he was betrayed took bread;
1Co 11:24 and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, This is my body, which is for you: this do in remembrance of me.
1Co 11:25 In like manner also the cup, after supper, saying, This cup is the new covenant in my blood: this do, as often as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
1Co 11:26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink the cup, ye proclaim the Lord's death till he come.
1Co 11:27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat the bread or drink the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord.
1Co 11:28 But let a man prove himself, and so let him eat of the bread, and drink of the cup.
1Co 11:29 For he that eateth and drinketh, eateth and drinketh judgment unto himself, if he discern not the body.
1Co 11:30 For this cause many among you are weak and sickly, and not a few sleep.)


The practice of burying the leftovers is very strange. The answer lies in the history of the apostolic church. Holy communion was a regular ceremony called "the breaking of bread". See Acts 2:46. I doubt very much that these poor believers could afford to bury any leftovers (if ever there was any). Burying food is even more strange considering that just a few verses later, we see Peter and John meeting a lame man at the Beautiful gate, and had nothing to give him except Christ's healing power. It would have seemed absurd telling him so when they had just buried some "leftover bread". Let's read more about the origin of this strange practice. Also there's no need to cover the bread and wine unless in a place with dust or flies. It seems to me that holy Communion was initially a meal taken from house to house but Paul discouraged "eating" when numbers swelled. In settings where home churches are the norm, Holy Communion can be part of the meal proper, so no need for burying remains or covering the bread.

I like the thoughts here Dan.


With regards to the covering of the bread and wine, I've not seen a communion service where this has not been done. The common explanation is "to keep flies off", but even in winter, when fies at not present, the coverings are still used. It is just something that has become tradition I think. And yet, in a highly symbolic ceremony like the Lord's supper, I think we should be able to offer an explanation [and a Bible precedent] for each part.


The coverings and the disposal of surplus materials are 'difficult' for me. Last year when my local church opened a new church building, our old Sancturay became surplus to requirement. But to me the surplus building was like surplus communion bread... and we don't just put the left-over communion bread out for potluck -- it has been dedicated for "most holy" use.

This is interesting regarding the covering of the bread and wine can you all elaborate on this a little please someone said something about catholic practices.


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