Is it biblical for some churches to require the worshippers to kneel to partake of the Lord's Supper?


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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
As far as I am aware, the Bible does not contain specific guidance on the proper posture or position to assume when receiving the elements of Communion. From my understanding of the customs of the times, I would say that the apostles at the Last Supper would have been reclining (lying on their sides while resting on cushions) at the table (a posture which numerous other passages in the gospels make reference to in connection with eating).

Also, although Paul (in passages such as 1 Corinthians 11:17-34) addressed respect for the Communion elements as the body and blood of Christ, and the maintenance of order during Communion, he did not (to my knowledge) prescribe a specific posture in connection with receiving it.

Perhaps the practice of the churches referred to in the question arises from their view of kneeling as a sign of respect, worship, and submission that is an appropriate response to the consecrated nature of the sacrament, and to Jesus who initiated it (in comparison to standing, which might be regarded as symbolic of pride). In that respect, I don't see anything inherently unbiblical about it.

However, I also do not see the entire issue of physical posture during Communion as something that should divide Christians, as long as proper respect and reverence is displayed in the administration of the sacrament. To me, the receipt of Communion by each communicant in a worthy, discerning spiritual manner is far more important.

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