I got an email the other day from Neil, a friend in Edinburgh, who I had not been in touch with for a while. Like me, he had been in Berlin recently, and he went to a service at the Berliner Dom, the city’s beautiful and imposing cathedral.
Neil says he took communion at the service and was intrigued to discover that the wine they used was white sherry. Perhaps they’d run out of red wine, or else the German Lutheran Church believes that Jesus was a haemophiliac.
Quite what their evidence would be I am not sure, especially as there was no reference to his blood being white at his crucifixion. But they seem confident enough to use white wine, so who are the rest of us to argue?
And it got me thinking. What other things could feasibly be used at communion to represent the blood or body of Jesus, and why? How about cod liver oil for example, to represent all the fish he caught? It would at least purge communions of all but the most dedicated…