Sunday, April 6, 2008
This post is for people who are not familiar with the tradition of The Old Black Church. Communion is, more often than not, served on the first Sunday of each month. Many black churches have a special service exclusively for this purpose, often at night, since the communion celebration is known as The Lord's Supper. Communion is only served by ordained ministers and deacons. Anyone else handling the communion will defile it and the wafers and juice will need be discarded. Most black congregants will not accept communion served to them by anyone but an ordained minister or an ordained deacon. That this practice has absolutely no scriptural basis (that's how we do it). The thought that the communion will be defiled by non-ordained personnel (including “associates”) is a belief too deeply ingrained within the black church community to be un-taught in any economical or timely fashion. White gloves are used doing this time by the minster and deacons ( I don't know why). It's nothing wrong with traditions it's just something we do.