We're making big changes. Please try out the beta site at beta.ccel.org and send us feedback. Thank you!

Lord's Supper

United, Separated, Re-united: The Story of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

Star (2)

The history of children at the Lord's Supper is essentially the story of the relationship between the sacraments. In the early church, all baptized persons were welcome at communion. This practice was gradually abandoned in the Middle Ages, so that by the Reformation the Western church had separated the Lord's Supper from baptism and attached it to confirmation or profession of faith. Today, Protestant denominations have begun to reunite baptism and the Lord's Supper.