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The rubrics of the 1662 BCP require the celebrant at the Holy Communion to take the paten into his hands, to break the bread, lay his hand upon it, and to perform corresponding acts at the consecration of the wine. In the Ridsdale case (1875–7) the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council held that the celebrant must not intentionally stand so as to prevent the congregation from seeing the manual acts.

Subjects: Christianity.


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