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"Communion Tokens"

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Paper communion token used by Rev. Samuel Davies (1723-1761) in colonial Virginia.
Communion tokens were a familiar feature of Presbyte­rian worship in past centuries. A day or more be­fore a communion service, the pastor and elders questioned members of their congregation about their beliefs and behavior. Only those who showed adequate knowledge of the faith and were deemed to be living upright lives received tokens that allowed them to take communion. The use of tokens declined in the 19th century. In recent decades many churches have minted tokens as souvenirs for special celebrations and anniversary observances.

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