From: Herald Sun
Holy communion, one of the oldest Christian rites, is being transformed by churches fearing the spread of infection and wanting to meet the dietary requirements of parishioners.
The communion, or eucharist, is a re-enactment of an instruction by Jesus on the night before he was crucified, that his followers remember him by sharing bread and wine, symbolic of his body and blood.
The ritual has long been celebrated in different ways by different churches, some only serving bread, others using individual cups rather than a shared chalice, and many Protestant churches using non-alcoholic juice rather than wine.
Now, even the more traditional Catholic and Anglican churches are changing the way they practise the ritual, according to Mike Grieger, whose Australian Church Resources organisation sells gluten-free and low-gluten altar bread to more than 2000 churches of different denominations.
In Roman Catholic theology, transubstantiation is the doctrine that, in the Eucharist, the substance of the bread and the wine used in the sacrament is changed into the substance of the Body and the Blood of Jesus.
Now it seems Jesus is available in a gluten free variety.