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Holy Communion Vending Machines provoke secularist outrage and papal blessing

Special report by Alessia Ianucci


In an age of convenience, where everything from groceries to gadgets is available at the touch of a button, one innovation has caused quite the heavenly stir – the Holy Communion Vending Machine. They are being rolled out across the UK and will soon be appearing on railway platforms, airport terminals, theme parks, and in disused telephone boxes. They will also be stationed outside churches affected by the continuing decline in the number of priests available to administer the sacrament in person. The likely charge is expected to be around £3.00 payable by contactless card.


Pros:

  1. Accessibility: Gone are the days of long queues at the church altar. With the Holy Communion Vending Machine, worshippers can receive the sacrament conveniently and quickly, even on the go.

  2. Customisation: Choose your preferred flavour of communion wafer, from classic unleavened to gluten-free options. Plus, select your favourite communion wine, ranging from traditional red to a crisp white.

  3. 24/7 Service: No need to worry about missing church hours. The vending machine is available round the clock, ensuring you can receive the body and blood of Christ whenever the divine spirit moves you.

Cons:

  1. Impersonal: Some argue that receiving the sacrament from a vending machine lacks the personal touch and spiritual connection of communion administered by a clergy member. However, for a small extra payment you can speak to the machine and ask for a voice blessing.

  2. Risk of Misuse: Concerns have been raised about the potential for misuse or disrespect of the sacrament if it becomes too easily accessible and commodified.

  3. Technical Glitches: Just like any machine, the Holy Communion Vending Machine is prone to technical glitches. Imagine the frustration of a devout worshipper when the machine runs out of communion wafers or experiences a malfunction.


While the Holy Communion Vending Machine offers unparalleled convenience and accessibility, it also raises important questions about the intersection of technology, religion, and spirituality. Whether it’s a heaven-sent innovation or a sacrilegious gimmick, one thing’s for certain – it’s sparking spirited debate among the faithful... and those of no faith.


In a surprisingly upbeat endorsement of this new merchandising opportunity, Pope Francis said: “The Holy Communion Vending Machine embodies the spirit of inclusivity and accessibility, inviting all to partake in the blessings of the Eucharist. In this age of technological advancement, let us embrace innovations that bring us closer to God and to one another. May this venture serve as a beacon of hope and unity for believers around the world”.


However, a spokesperson for the National Secular Society said: “It's outrageous that these unsightly machines are soon going to be cluttering up our streets and other secular spaces. We have requested an urgent meeting with the Secretary of State for the Environment to voice our concerns”.


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Neil Lucock
Neil Lucock
May 01

What's to stop someone buying communion wine for those under 18? Do these machines have to follow the same guidelines as an Off License or Pub?

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