History of the use of wine and grape juice in Holy Communion

Original:  Wine to Grape Juice

Methodism’s Miracle: From Wine to Grape Juice

by
Kenneth E. Rowe

Methodist Episcopal Church
1864

GENERAL CONFERENCE RECOMMENDATION
The General Conference Committee on Temperance “earnestly recommends that in all cases the pure juice of the grape be used in the celebration of the Lord’s Supper.”

Discipline 1864, appendix xvii; Journal, p. 265.

1872

GENERAL CONFERENCE REAFFIRMS ITS RECOMMENDATION OF 1864
The General Conference “recommends the use of unfermented wine on our sacramental occasions.”

Discipline 1872, appendix No. 29; p. 384.

1876

PERMISSIVE RUBRIC IS ADDED AT HEAD OF RITUAL FOR HOLY COMMUNION
“The General Conference recommends the use of pure unfermented juice of the grape on Sacramental occasions.”

Discipline 1876, par. 484, p. 270; Journal, p. 336.

1880

SEMI-MANDATORY RUBRIC ADOPTED
“Let none but the pure unfermented juice of the grape be used in administering the Lord’s Supper, whenever practicable.”

Discipline 1880, par., 494, p. 284, Journal, p.397.

1916

MANDATORY RUBRIC ADOPTED
“Let the pure, unfermented juice of the grape be used in administering the Lord’s Supper.” The phrase “whenever practicable” of the 1880 rubric is deleted.

Discipline 1916, par. 516, p. 401; Jourmal, p. 1347.

Church of the United Brethren in Christ
1881

GENERAL CONFERENCE RECOMMENDATION TO LOCAL CHURCH STEWARDS
“It shall also be his duty[The steward] to provide the elements for the sacrament; and we earnestly recommend the use of unfermented wine.”

Discipline 1881, Chapter V, Section III, p. 29.

1885

SEMI-MANDATORY RECOMMENDATION
“It shall also be his duty [The steward] to provide the elements for the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, always securing, if at all possible, unfermented wine.”

Discipline 1885, Chapter V, Section III, p. 31.

1889

MANDATORY RECOMMENDATION
“It shall also be his duty [The steward] to provide the elements for the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, always securing unfermented wine.”

Discipline 1889, Chapter V, Section III, p. 36.


Other Links:
Narrative History of Methodism’s Miracle
Holy Communion in the United Methodist Church
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