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Information on the village of Morebattle, near Kelso in Scotland.

Morebattle Communion Token

Morebattle Communion Token

In the modern day, the printed 'Communion Card' has superseded the Communion Token, and even that is now almost a thing of the past. Both have been used as a way of ensuring that 'only those shall be admitted to the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper who have been found qualified and entitled to receive it'.

The material used for the construction of the Communion Token was, for the most part, lead, but may at times have been of other alloys, such as brass, or even leather.

Their general appearance and shape, as can be seen from the accompanying illustrations, was either round or square. In earlier times they are more often referred to as 'tickets' even when made of metal.

Tickets were common in the early 17th century, at that time being, generally, very simply made with only the name or initials of the church and a year date. Later, they became more elaborate and more artistic. Starting with the required indication of the name of the parish, a date and the minister's initials, there could be, in addition, whatever ornamentation the maker wished to add.

Where there was a date, the token would only be valid for that year and would be collected in and recast for the following year. Where there was no date, the church often had two tokens one circular in shape, and the other square or oblong. These would be alternated from year to year.

The one shown is of the non-dated but more artistic variety, with the name of the Parish in full with hyphens to show the word has been split.

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