Friday, December 5, 2014
Historical Changes in the LDS Church Sacrament Service
A typical Sacrament cup and pitcher.
Photo from the "West Layton/Layton 2nd Wards" history book, 1895-1995;
THE Sacrament Service in the LDS Church hasn't always been as it is today.
-For a time in the 19th Century, all members of the congregation also kneeled down as the two Sacrament prayers were given.
-Also, for some years, music was often played during the passing of the Sacrament.
-There weren't always Sacrament trays for the water. A pitcher and mug were used for many decades, stretching into the early 1950s in some areas.
It certainly didn't seem very sanitary to share the same cup, but other churches did this too. Members tried to drink at a different spot around the rim of the cup than others, but most used the area opposite the handle.
SOURCES: "West Layton/Layton 2nd Wards" history, 1895-1995; Deseret News Archives.