Continuing the Conversation: The Difference Between Communion Wafers and Baked Bread Squares

Looks like our recent post about how churches serve different types of bread during communion received a lot of feedback. No wonder -- it's an interesting topic! We were excited to hear from you and learn about other traditions and ideas for serving communion bread.

Serving Matzah for Communion

One reader got in touch with us to tell about a unique approach to communion breads in his church: serving matzah.

Matzah (or matzo) is an unleavened bread traditionally served during Passover as a nod to the only bread that the Jews could make quickly before fleeing the Pharaoh with Moses. The Last Supper between Jesus and his disciples was actually a Passover meal, and as our reader explains, his church chooses to serve matzah for communion to echo that tradition and experience something similar to the original Maundy Thursday meal.

The Sweetness of Unleavened Bread

Our reader went on to share an interesting experience about breaking matzah during communion. "The wonderful thing about eating matzah at communion, " he explained, is that "when you chew it, it turns sweet in your mouth, just like Jesus turns everything sweet that He touched, ministered to, or did for the people that He touched."

This sweetness can be a life-changing experience. We love this metaphor about the sweetness of faith that comes from partaking of the bread of life!

Communion Bread as a Humble Symbol

Another reader reached out to remind us that, while bread is a crucial part of any communion service, it's not the most important thing. "It should not matter if the pieces are small or square or round. It is the service itself that is important."

She revealed that she was astonished at how quickly everyone in her church accepted the new bread when her congregation made the switch. She attributes this acceptance to their unwavering focus on what truly matters during communion: the sacrament, not the bit of food itself.

"For whatever it is worth," she continued, "your bread is far superior to anything we could have made gluten-free and would wholeheartedly recommend this to any church contemplating a change."

We're so happy to hear success stories from the community about making the switch to a different communion bread! If you have a take on communion hosts in your church, or tips on making a change to your church's communion traditions, please let us know.
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