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After communion?

Gratitude and faith make our practice

Q: You wrote about preparation for communion. What about after communion? I see some people praying for several minutes immediately after receiving communion and others who look around while chomping on the host as if it's a cookie. What do you think is appropriate, and what did Martin Luther say?

A: Having grown up with the tradition of kneeling and praying after receiving communion, this is what I urge today. Many churches have kneelers to help accommodate this practice.

I don't know if Luther mentioned anything specific, but I know he would support prayer and meditation. He would emphasize how the way we live should reflect our gratitude and faith for what we have received in the sacrament.


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