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Toddlers Take Communion

What is your position on toddlers taking communion? (that is, starting at age 2)

Moderator - My son was saved at three and I would let him take communion at that point.

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Infants/Toddlers partake of the Divine Eucharist in Eastern Christianity (Eastern Orthodoxy, Non-Chalcedonian Churches, Assyrian, Eastern Catholics, etc) after they have been Baptized.

We have a few scatted Early Church documents illustrating it's ancient origin. Saint Cyprian (On the Lapsed 9, 25), 251AD, spoke about the Tradition. Saint Augustine the Blessed (Works, Vol. 5, Sermon 174:7), Saint Leo the Great (Letter CLXVII, Q. 17), the Apostolic Constitutions (late fourth century) (Constitutions of the Holy Apostles, 8.2.12-13) among others.

However, the practice was dropped off later by the Roman Church (beginning in the 13th century), and when Protestants came out of her, they too forgot about it.

In IC.XC.,
---Ignatius on 9/15/10

"What concerns me is that most people who call themselves Christian do not understand the purpose of the Lord's Table/Supper." (Elder)

And that is WHY I am Orthodox! The memorial/symbolic interpretation of the Divine Eucharist that is present in many Protestant sects is not part of the Apostolic Tradition, but it is a man-made doctrine and interpretation. Eastern Christianity has the correct understanding of the Divine Eucharist.

You are right. Most here on Christianet DO NOT know the true purpose and meaning of the Sacred Mysteries as given in Holy Scriptures and the Fathers. It's a shame.

In IC.XC.,
---Ignatius on 9/15/10

Orthodox and all the pre-reformation Churches of the East baptize the infants of believing Christian parents, because they Bible says they belong to God, and they are brought to Communion from that point.
---Cluny on 9/15/10

I agree with the moderator. Jesus said "let the little children come to Me and prevent them not." To exclude a believing child from this act of worship and remembrance would offend God and them. God meets us where we are and leads us gently. His grace is certainly sufficient. Hebrew children experienced and participated in the Passover meal. It was a time they identified with God and identified themselves as a people. The Lord's Supper was the Passover meal fulfilled.
---Bama on 9/14/10

This is another old blog. March 06 to be exact. That is 4 years old. Almost past todder age.
What concerns me is that most people who call themselves Christian do not understand the purpose of the Lord's Table/Supper.
Is this just a time of entertaining activity or a spiritul event that leads to self-examination? What 2 or 3 year old knows about self-examination? What about a toddler who crys in bed like he is dying. When you check on him he just wanted to be held? Did he lie and is it a sin?
What is he going to do when you allow him to partake of the Lord's table?
The answers here prove that many make a mockery and don't understand the Lord's table.
---Elder on 5/5/10

God invites children to his supper table, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
---Eloy on 5/3/10

While i have no issues against a child of any age receiving communion as long as his parents are members of the church, I will say that a child of 2 years old cannot understand what it means to be saved.

At 2 children are like parots, they repeat what they hear without understanding.
And when it comes to lords supper, and the requirements for the lords supper, they cannot yet grasp.

EXAMPLE: These things cannot be considered by 2 year olds
1 Corinthians 11:26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.

1 Corinthians 11:27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink [this] cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
---francis on 5/3/10

God's Word says: Suffer not the little children let them come unto me, train up a child in the way he should go so when he grows old he will not depart from it, & This is my body, this is my blood take this in remembrance of me. I have a 4yo at a christian school and although he does not understand everything fully it is my job to train him even in communion & what it means. he knows that Christ died, rose and is coming back and that should be sufficient. I am tired of ppl limiting kids based on their own interpretations when the Word is what it is and there is no age limit on communion. I gave my son back to the Lord like Hannah so he is covered until the age of accountbility & should be granted the opportunity to sup
---Dee on 5/3/10

Jesus gave a command "DO THIS"... how can we EVER justify preventing children from obeying a command of Jesus by our made up theology? My question is why did this child ever STOP receiving communion (presumably his mum took it and he received in utero).
---changedbaby on 5/14/08

Moderator's son, the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree.

There is no doubt in my heart, that a young boy at the age of two has the capacity to understand that Jesus Christ loves him and saves him. A young child is capable of knowing our Heavenly Father and God's Holy Spirit.
---Rachel on 1/13/08

Moderator is correct. Everyone is different and God doesn't command love from anyone.

A young child can obey God and react to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in a very affectionate way.
It pleases Him so well, the love of choice.

John 5:20, John 3:35.
---Rachel on 1/13/08

Everyone is different.

God knows the beginning from the end. He knows those that will come to Him and He knows those that will not. It is a personal choice.
God is equality, equality in nature, power and authority.
---Rachel on 1/13/08

Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.

Everyone is different. Some are saved at three.

"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My Word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life."
John 5:24
---Rachel on 1/13/08

Only if the child knows what it represents. Anything else, the child may feel they're getting a little snack.
---Ann5758 on 4/10/07

MikeM - Every single person who has ever gotten born-again has been unsaved before that, regardless of the age of the person. Even a young child who accepts Christ is unsaved before that. God is the Judge of all things and He determines the destiny of young children.
---Helen_5378 on 5/16/06

I AM reading this scripture in context. Are you claiming I'm not?
---Jack on 5/16/06

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Jesus said, "Let the little ones come to Me and don't stop them." Yes He certainly did, but when and under what circumstances? Scripture must be read in context.
---emg on 5/14/06

JEsus said, "Let the little ones come to Me and don't stop them."

And then there's 1 Cor 10.

The word of God suffices me. Too bad you don't believe it.
---Jack on 5/13/06

Jack did I really say this "infants cannot love God" ? Please re-read my posting and you will see that I did not. In individual cases where a parent (like moderator mentions himself) knows for certain that a child so young DOES understand there is no problem. I personally think that very few so young will understand fully, but please disagree with me as much as you like, that is your right and privilege.
---emg on 5/13/06

EMG--who are you to say who really loves God and who does not? Who are YOU to say that infants cannot love God?
---Jack on 5/13/06

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Helen (and all) If a child becomes 'saved' at three, then that means he was 'unsaved' at two. That would indicated a child/baby dying of SIDS or anything would be destined for Hell. Some say 'age of accountability.' But your reference to saved/unsaved for vwery samall children solidly refutes that concept. Is my question to abrasive? Maybe, but it is relevant.
---MikeM on 5/10/06

Communion is for born-again believers only, so only if that toddler is saved would it be appropriate to allow participation in communion.
---Helen_5378 on 5/10/06

No Jack, it is not limiting God, it is obeying His Word. The Lord's table is not a meal which is there for everyone present. It is there for those who truly love the Lord. I would suggest that any parent who lets such small children take communion has not read the warnings themselves - or does not believe scripture.
---emg on 5/10/06

In the Apostolic Churches of the East, infants are baptized, confirmed, and brought to communion in their mothers' arms from that time forward.

To say that "they must understand" is to say that God is limited by our understanding, which is gnosticism.
---Jack on 5/9/06

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Cana you asked, Are not all invited to come to the Lord's table? The answer is NO! Not everyone is invited to partake of the Lord's Table as stated in I Cor 11:27-31.
---Elder on 3/29/06

We should allow them to participate when they know the exact reason & not just a "snack", that means I have seen children ages 9 & up...but personally it should be after you've accepted Jesus & can understand. When Jesus said let children come to him, he meant teachings, can't stop from teaching them.
---candice on 3/23/06

They have the same Holy Ghost to convict them of righteousness. Surely Father would not have us examine ourselves without help. Intelligence or maturity of mind has nothing to do with all of that. It is a spiritual thing.
---Linda on 3/22/06

1 Corinthinans 11:28 A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.

Children do understand right from wrong in it's basic forms. But does a child at the age of 2,3,4 etc., understand how to examine themselves before partaking of communion? Examine means: To observe carefully or critically; inspect:
To study or analyze
---Eric on 3/22/06

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Why do we have to take the Relationship Quiz before responding to this blog? I agree with the lady that doesn't agree. I haven't seen a child that young take communion. Now we have an eight year old in our church that does take it.
---jenni8364 on 3/22/06

Are not all invited to come to the Lord's table? Let the little children come.
---Cana on 3/22/06

A child who believes gets the same Holy Ghost in the same dose as an adult. A child who is born again and baptized in the Holy Ghost doesn't have all that "junk" that we, as adults, have to shed off. Because of their "innocence" of the things of the world, they are usually more readily obedient to the voice of the Lord.
---Linda on 3/22/06

We have an 11 year old in our body who teaches the 2-5 year olds. She may be young in years on this earth but her relationship with Jesus is such that she is wise beyond her years. It is not biological age that determines whether one is ready or not. It is the conviction of the Holy Spirit upon their hearts and their response to that.
---Linda on 3/22/06

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I know of a three year old who is not only saved but baptized in the Holy Ghost. Just this past evening at one of our services, I witnessed children ages 6 and up weeping as the Holy Spirit spoke to their hearts. Saw an 8 year old baptized in the Holy Ghost last night. Can't fool children. They know what is real and what isn't. And the teens...well, every one of them experienced Pentecost for themselves Sunday...and it definitely made them witnesses.
---Linda on 3/22/06

I've seen some of these child prodigies. God bless the little evangelists. Commonly whole families partook in the Passover, which is what the Lord's Last Communion Supper was. Jesus is the Passover Lamb. The Bible does read that Jesus loves the children...and that a child will lead them, and yes, out of the mouth of babes he has perfected praise.
---Eloy on 3/22/06

That is too young. A child that small doesn't know what communion is, regardless if you explain it to them or not. I have a 4 and a 6 year old and I think they are too young to understand. Moderator; how can your son be saved at three when in fact the child done no wrong and don't know the meaning of the word saved or understand the concept behind it? I know God can saved anyone, but the person has to be convicted of their sins then ask for forgiveness, and ask God to come into their heart.

Moderator - Each person is different. Since my son was four, he has been witnessing to both school mates and adults. I have seen him do it and actually have learned a few things from him. Every person has different gifts and he has the gift of evangelism.
---Rebecca_D on 3/21/06

I agree with moderator. Any one able to understand they need to have Jesus should not be discouraged from comming to Him. He did say to bring the little children to Him and we should become like them.
---john on 3/21/06

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Communion is a memorial service. It's remembering what Christ did. Age has nothing to do with it - only that the person taking communion be a Christian and understand what communion is all about.
---WIVV on 3/21/06

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