I have been reminded of two peculiarities in the way certain religious drink hot beverages.

Carmelites use large, two-handled mugs, in order that the act may be seen as one of prayerful thanksgiving.  Two-hands on the mug, it seems, is considered more formal than the casual one-handed approach.

Certain Franciscans, on the other hand, drink their morning brew from soup bowls.  It seems that their ancient custom (not the rule, necessarily) saw no reason that hot beverages (be they soup or coffee) should demand different containers.  The most useful one should do.  Has something to do with poverty.

Anyone else know of a peculiar way in which particular religious consume their food?

WAC

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