Why do Catholics not drink from the Chalice at Holy Communion?
The Catholic Church teaches that the whole living Christ, body and blood, soul and divinity is present under the form of bread and also under the form of wine. Hence when Christ is received under the form of bread alone, the complete Christ is received. He himself assures us this is sufficient because in John 6:59 he says: "He who eats this bread shall live forever". Read also 1 Corinthians 11:27 where Paul says: "eat or drink" and not "eat and drink"

In early Church it was the custom to receive Holy Communion under both species, but the custom gradually changed to the present practice. Some of the reasons for the change were: the length of time it would take especially if many people were present, the danger of spilling and the resulting disrespect for the person of Christ, also the shortage of wine in some parts of the world. Today the practice is confined to special occasions, e.g. bride and bridegroom on their wedding day.  Return to Faith Matters