...you take one of those little cups, and though noticing it is very light, you pass the compartmentalized plate on, knowing the cups need to be distributed promptly, and then notice the cup you took is empty.... what do you do? Whisper to the one next to you to pass the plate back to you? Then what if it is already 2 or 3 takers away? Just put the empty little cup in the holder and forget it (as it's only a 'symbol')? Hold the cup as usual until time to partake, then pretend to drink as if it had some juice in it?-- Is this hypocrisy, or again, is it just a symbol anyway; in this case a 'symbol of a symbol?' If a person next to you is a close friend or family, show him/her the empty cup, tacitly requesting that person to share (one facet of the ordinance)? [Not trying to be funny with this one] Assume there is some Spiritual message (your thoughts are not focused properly; unconfessed sin; you have refused to do something in particular,....)? I ask this question because yesterday this situation did happen to me, for the first time I can recall. But I will refrain from telling what I did unless/until I read some ideas.