Should Infants Be Communed? A Lutheran Perspective

Mark D. Tranvik

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 1/1/1995

Issue: Children (Vol. 15, No 1, Winter, 1995)

The inclusion of children in worship has also meant that they are regularly brought forward to the altar for a blessing during holy communion. It is now be- ing suggested in some quarters of the church that this blessing is not sufficient. For reasons that will be elaborated below, some have proposed that infants and young children should also be communed, even where this has not been part of the tradition. This article looks at the reasons for and against infant communion. The goal is to provide pastors and lay leaders with some ways to think about this issue and ultimately to offer arguments why infant communion rests uneasily with a Lutheran understanding of the sacraments.

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