I know that there are many various beliefs on what kind of bread “should” be used for Holy Communion. Among the various beliefs is the popular notion that it must be unleavened bread. I know scripture talks about unleavened bread. I for one have never used it for Holy Communion…not that I am against it, I just haven’t used it. Here at Salem we have used flat bread, bread machine bread, super market bread, bread bowl bread, wafers, etc. My main criteria is that I don’t want any sliced bread. But at our final First Communion class I asked the kids and parents if they wanted to make their own bread or just have me take care of it. One of the students suggested that they would like cinnamon bread.
…because bread is bread…right?
In Luther’s Small Catechism, Luther poses the question: How can eating and drinking do all this? He then answers his question by saying “It is not eating and drinking that does this, but the words, ‘given and shed for you for the remission of sins’. These words, along with eating and drinking, are the main thing in the sacrament. And whoever believes these words has exactly what they say, forgiveness of sins.” That says to me that bread is bread…and what is important is hearing the words of promise. So…is cinnamon bread OK?
My faith tells me that it is OK…but I can see how some people might be a little put off and maybe even a little offended. So with that I go back to Paul where he says that if eating meat causes someone to stumble in their faith, then I won’t eat meat (etc…). Basically…he won’t exercise his Christian freedom in such a way that might cause someone who is weaker in the faith to stumble. I can respect that.
But then I was thinking that I could explain the cinnamon as representing the “sweetness of Christ”. I am not sure if that would fly. So I don’t know.
Would you use cinnamon bread for Holy Communion or any other “usual” bread?
Just something I am pondering…