- 8 years ago
- Wedding: October 2010
I’m not posting this on the catholic board because I need a non-Catholic opinion! lol
As we have a large number of lapsed or non-Catholics attending our wedding, we are trying to be VERY thorough in our program. We have explanations for why we do certain things, directives for the mass (sit,stand, kneel, stand, etc 😉 and the responses so everyone can feel included and understand what’s happening liturgically.
As for reception of Communion, however, I know it’s also not common knowledge that not every Catholic can receive communion either… and that for those who don’t attend regularly etc may not be able to either…. I’m trying to figure out what to say in regards to communion so as to get the point across but obviously not offend.
I’ve got 2 options right now. The first is directly (almost) from the missel of the Church, the 2nd I found online and modified it to also mention coming forward for a blessing.
As a non-Catholic or lapsed Catholic (and even a devout Catholic), which would you prefer to see/read in a wedding program?
THANK YOU so very much for the help!
As Catholics, we fully participate in the celebration of the Eucharist when we receive Holy Communion. We are encouraged to receive Communion devoutly and frequently. In order to be properly disposed to receive Communion, participants should not be conscious of grave sin and normally should have fasted for one hour. A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to receive the Body and Blood of the Lord without prior sacramental confession except for a grave reason where there is no opportunity for confession. In this case, the person is to be mindful of the obligation to make an act of perfect contrition, including the intention of confessing as soon as possible (canon 916). A frequent reception of the Sacrament of Penance is encouraged for all.
For our fellow Christians
We welcome our fellow Christians to this celebration of the Eucharist as our brothers and sisters. We pray that our common baptism and the action of the Holy Spirit in this Eucharist will draw us closer to one another and begin to dispel the sad divisions which separate us. We pray that these will lessen and finally disappear, in keeping with Christ’s prayer for us “that they may all be one” (Jn. 17:21).
Because Catholics believe that the celebration of the Eucharist is a sign of the reality of the oneness of faith, life, and worship, members of those churches with whom we are not yet fully united are ordinarily not admitted to Holy Communion. Eucharistic sharing in exceptional circumstances by other Christians requires permission according to the directives of the diocesan bishop and the provisions of canon law (canon 844 Section 4). Members of the Orthodox Churches, the Assyrian Church of the East, and the Polish National Catholic Church are urged to respect the discipline of their own Churches. According to Roman Catholic discipline, the Code of Canon Law does not object to the reception of Communion by Christians of these Churches (canon 844 Section 3).
For those not receiving Holy Communion
All who are not receiving Holy Communion are encouraged to express in their hearts a prayerful desire for unity with the Lord Jesus and with one another. If you would like to, please come forward, cross your arms over your heart/chest, and receive a blessing from the Priest.
We also welcome to this celebration those who do not share our faith in Jesus Christ. While we cannot admit them to Holy Communion, we ask them to offer their prayers for the peace and the unity of the human family.
Please remain sitting or kneeling until the priest sits in his chair following communion. This is to honor our Lord who is physically present to us in communion.
Or Option 2
Through the priest’s “Eucharistic Prayer of Consecration” the bread and wine brought to the altar during the Holy Mass are truly, substantially and really changed (transubstantiated) into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.
Because reception of Holy Communion implies both a belief in this doctrine as well as full doctrinal and sacramental communion with the Catholic Church (i.e., with the Pope) it is reserved to fully practicing Catholics in good standing.
A fully practicing Catholic is minimally one who faithfully attends Mass each Sunday and with some regularity recieves the Sacrament of Confession.
Holy Communion is thus reserved to those Catholics who:
• are in the state of grace (i.e. if since their last Confession they have committed no act regarded by the Church as being mortally sinful);
• are properly disposed by having prepared themselves carefully in prayer;
• and have observed the eucharistic fast of at least one hour prior to reception of Holy Communion.
The Church kindly encourages non-Catholics and those Catholics who are not presently disposed to receive the Eucharist to express in their hearts a prayerful desire for unity with the Lord Jesus and with one another. If you would like to, please come forward, cross your arms over your heart/chest, and receive a blessing from the Priest.
Thank you for your respect in this matter and please remain sitting or kneeling until the priest sits in his chair following communion. This is to honor our Lord who is physically present to us in communion.