Why We Do Not Pass The Communal Sacrament Cup

By Chris Layton

March 27, 2020

There are segments of the Mormon community as well as other religious groups that believe that the right way to administer the sacrament is to pass a single communal cup for all to drink from where each person sips a little bit of it and passes it on.

The reason why we do not do this isn’t for fear of passing someone’s germs around though it may be a compelling argument.

The reason why we don’t do it that way is because from the cup which our Lord received from His Father He had to drink it all. We likewise when we receive the Lord’s Word, we must receive all of it. No picking and choosing or passing part of it on to someone else to drink. That’s what hypocrites do, they pick and choose and give to men commandments which they themselves do not keep. We must cheerfully receive all of what God gives to us. In like manner when He gives us His cup, we must drink it all. Like the miracle of the loaves and fishes and the widow’s oil in the cruse He will refill it for each man to receive.

“And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it.” Matthew 26:23

“And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire,
And he said unto them, What will ye that I should do unto you?
They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory.
But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask. Can ye drink of the cup which I drink of? And be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?
And they said unto him, We can.
And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with; but to sit on my right hand, and on my left hand, is not mine to give; but they shall receive it for whom it is prepared.” Mark 35-40