Malayia
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Ceremony Communion

Malayia, on November 10, 2017 at 9:11 AM Posted in Planning 0 18
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FH and I discussed having communion at our ceremony because we (and a lot of our guests) are big believers and see that as an opportunity to begin our marriage in a great way. So we thought about how we could work it into our ceremony (I.E. offering just the little cups for them to pick up on their way to their seats) or even having everyone come up and we serve them.

Has anyone done communion at their wedding, and if so how did it go?

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Latest activity by rica, on November 10, 2017 at 11:34 AM
  • BoudreauToBe
    Master July 2018
    BoudreauToBe ·
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    It would work the same way it would at any church service. Eucharistic ministers will serve it and the guests that choose to accept will walk to the front. I don't know of any religion that allows the eucharist to be passed around like that.

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  • Rosered
    Devoted January 2019
    Rosered ·
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    A lot of catholic wedding incorporate the marriage ceremony into a full mass. Maybe you could look into doing something similar.

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  • Susan
    VIP December 2017
    Susan ·
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    I know this is done in Catholic churches if you have a full mass, so maybe some of the Catholic members can comment as well. But honestly, unless your guests all share your beliefs and denominations communion practices, I wouldn't do this. It sets up a way of tiering your guests between those who can participate and those who can't. If you want this, take a private moment after the ceremony to receive communion with your new husband. (FH and I are both Greek Orthodox, so if we were to receive communion outside of an Orthodox liturgy we would excommunicate ourselves.)

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  • Keisha
    Master September 2018
    Keisha ·
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    We are having a full mass with communion at our ceremony. The only reason they will not do communion is if either the bride or groom is not Catholic. If you are not Catholic you can not receive the host.

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  • Malayia
    Dedicated January 2018
    Malayia ·
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    We are not getting married in a church and neither of us are catholic therefore not having mass. We are non-denominational and during our services we line up and receive the bread from one person and wine from another; that's why we liked the idea of both of us being able to serve. Also, taking part in communion doesn't necessarily single out non-believers. If you are a believer and your heart is not in a place to take communion at the time, then you don't. So everyone doesn't HAVE to, believer or not.

    As a child, I attended a church that offered the communion cups with the bread & wine.

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  • Happy Hedgie
    VIP September 2018
    Happy Hedgie ·
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    Wait if neither of you is Catholic why would you take part in communion? I don't know this just seems sacrilegious to me but, maybe there is another religion that takes communion that I'm unaware of.

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  • BoudreauToBe
    Master July 2018
    BoudreauToBe ·
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    I don't think communion is allowed to leave a house of worship.

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  • Michelle
    Expert February 2018
    Michelle ·
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    I'm having a full Catholic mass, so there will be communion at my wedding.

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  • Katie
    Devoted November 2017
    Katie ·
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    We are non-denominational and not having our ceremony at our church (mainly because we're getting married on a Sunday and it wasn't available). I wanted to do communion for just us, not everyone, because not all attending are believers and I don't believe it should be offered to those who aren't believers. So we are taking communion just the two of us when we sign the license. I was interested in doing it with our wedding party, but my MOH is Catholic so that presented other issues.

    If you have no issue with offering communion to all guests, there are little things you can order - a tiny plastic cup of juice with a tiny wafer attached to the lid. I don't know where you find those or how much they are.

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  • Malayia
    Dedicated January 2018
    Malayia ·
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    Communion is definitely allowed outside of the church building. It has nothing to do with the building but the church (body of Christ) and their hearts. We've been encouraged to take communion in our homes when we meet with our small group, I don't see why this would be any different. I'm looking for input from people who have incorporated it into their ceremony, that it all.

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  • Malayia
    Dedicated January 2018
    Malayia ·
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    It wouldn't be any kind of special bread or wine/juice...or never has been, even inside or outside the church. The purpose of communion is symbolism, which can vary across denominations, but in our church it is seen as an act of surrender and humanity...a reminder. There is no "special" bread or wine/juice for that, just the way that your heart is postured during the act.

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  • OGJessieJV
    Master July 1867
    OGJessieJV ·
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    I've never seen communion outside of a church service. I would talk to whomever is presiding over your ceremony. Keep in mind that you may not be able to have the hosts blessed outside of a church.

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  • BoudreauToBe
    Master July 2018
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    Maybe this varies across denominations, but how I learned was that only specific people were allowed to handle communion, and it had to be blessed in a certain way. Would you actually be getting communion wafers or would you just be passing out bread? I'm very confused. Communion is blessed, and therefore, "special."

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  • Danielle
    VIP March 2017
    Danielle ·
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    I grew up in a baptist church and H a Lutheran Church (just noting for reference - we both just consider ourselves Christians). We had our ceremony at our venue, not a church, and my pastor officiated. We had communion just between the two of us while my friend sang a hymn. I bought bread and juice and set it up nicely before the ceremony. We just prayed over it privately and took it together. I'm not sure why it would be an issue. Like Malayia said, it's symbolic and m only matters where your hearts at.

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  • A. L.
    Master July 2017
    A. L. ·
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    I would find this creepy anywhere outside a church.

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  • Danielle
    VIP March 2017
    Danielle ·
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    How is this "creepy"? Pretty insensitive thing to say.

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  • Katie
    Devoted November 2017
    Katie ·
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    @OP I've been to two weddings for friends in which they offered communion the way I mentioned before ( using something like https://www.amazon.com/Fellowship-Prefilled-communion-wafer-100-BROADMAN/dp/B015X6ETYS). It worked very well. The bread was a little hard to get out, but otherwise it worked great.

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  • Red2018
    VIP August 2018
    Red2018 ·
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    I am not sure I would go with "creepy" AL. It is different.

    I am having a full Catholic mass so I am not sure OP. Who is officiating? Maybe they have some tips for you??

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