KOCHI: The Syro-Malabar Catholic Church in Kerala has approached the state Excise Department seeking permission to increase the production of sacramental wine or mass wine.
The Catholic Church is in news since Tuesday after it had applied for an increase in the production of mass wine. At present, the annual facility is to produce 1,500 litres of wine, which was increased over 20 years ago. But now, the church wants to increase it to 5,000 litres per year.
Paul Thelakat, Church spokesperson said, “The number of churches has gone up in the past two decades and there are more members who lead to more religious functions. Hence, it’s natural that our requirement of mass wine, which symbolises the blood of Jesus Christ, should be increased. ”
The mass wine license was issued in 1986 and the Church was allowed to produce 800 litres of wine per annum which was increased to 1,500 litres in 1992.
Sacramental wine is made of grapes and used in celebration of the Eucharist (Lord's Supper or Holy Communion). The wine is supplied to all Syro-Malabar Catholic churches in the state to use during Mass.
(With Agency Inputs)