after the lights are out. giving elisha a final bedtime snuggle.
me: what do you think we should name the baby?
elisha: did jesus give us juice or wine for the lord’s supper?
me: (seriously?) umm…wine.
elisha: why we have juice?
me: good question. (at this point i figured i’d use big terms and hope he’d lose interest) even before official prohibition, america became a bit hung-up on drinking and no one fought the good fight to keep wine as an accepted part of the lord’s supper.
me: i’ll look up the details. nighty night.
20 minutes and a google search later:
Leaders of the 18th-century “evangelical revival” in Britain and America, though concerned about the immoderate use of alcohol, did not see wine, cider, and beer as alcoholic in the same way as distilled spirits (such as gin and brandy). However, in the 19th century, temperance became “teetotalism” or “total abstinence,” moving all alcohol (wine included) into the list of forbidden beverages. Many began to question why a beverage considered dangerous to drink was still used on the Communion table.
Motivated by these arguments, Protestant churchgoers and clergy sought a way to make unfermented grape juice. An American Methodist dentist, Thomas Bramwell Welch, and his son Charles were the first to succeed in this on a large scale. Charles Welch was a skilled marketer, and “Welch’s grape juice” became a popular beverage among total abstainers and the replacement for fermented wine on most American Protestant Communion tables (except in Lutheran and Episcopal churches).
and of course the individual cups that resulted as a fear of germs were made so as not to look like whiskey shot glasses. but my favorite tidbit gleaned from the article?
…some marketers to evangelical churches have developed disposable individual Communion cups which contain both wafer and grape juice in separate hermetically sealed compartments.
to me this brings to mind handi-snacks.