Happy Moravian feast of the servants of God!
Thanks to one of my students, this week I was introduced to the Moravian church’s custom of sharing “The cup of covenant.” According to the Moravian Archives newsletter, September 16 is a traditional day for its celebration. Here is a 2008 article on this tradition:
In the Moravian liturgical tradition the cup of covenant is not to be confused with Holy Communion, although terminology and form remind us of Communion. Whereas the cup that is shared during the celebration of the Lord’s Supper is based on the cup that Jesus took after the meal, the cup of covenant goes back to the cup that was shared by Jesus and the disciples at the beginning of the Passover meal (Luke 22:17). The cup of covenant is not a sacrament, such as Baptism and Holy Communion, but a sign of the renewed commitment to service of those who partake in it.
Interested in the origin of the Moravian church? Until this week I knew little of it between John Hus and John Wesley. Here’s Wikipedia with more.