Post # 1
Hi Catholic Brides!
I need some help. I am working on my programs for our ceremony. We will have a lot of non Catholic guests at our wedding and I am trying to figure out the wording for communion. I want the non Catholics to know they are welcome to come forward and receive a blessing. I am having a hard time putting this into words, so any suggestions would be appreciated
Post # 3
On my program I wrote:
Distribution of Communion
Distribution of Communion and Blessings
Distribution of Communion or Blessing
Post # 4
The priest will usually mention something before giving communion inviting non Catholics to come up and receive communion.
Simple wording for program: Those that can not receive communion are invited to receive a blessing. Simply cross your arms over your chest and the priest will bless you.
Post # 5
Ditto Charm Bracelet; that line clears up any confusion for us non catholics. I never knew a non-catholic could simply receive a blessing, so I think by stating so, you’re letting everyone know it’s welcome
Post # 6
Distribution of Communion and Blessings
During communion, non-Catholics are invited to come forward to receive a blessing. Simply cross your arms over your chest and the priest will bless you.
Post # 7
I say ditto to Charm bracelet – that’s a very good and simple wording – I may steal it!
Post # 8
Charm Bracelet is correct. While communion is reserved for practicing Catholics, all non-Catholics are encouraged to come up to receive a blessing. The reason for this is that the Catholic Church, while we know only Catholics can participate in the Sacrament of receiving the Eucharist, wants all attendees at the mass to be participants and to not be left out.
9 out of 10 times, the Priest will notify the attendees so that they will be aware and offered a blessing. Just talk to your Priest/Presider and he will address the people for you.
For the program, you may want to give a very brief description of what Communion is for us Catholics, then throw the disclaimer or blurb which Charm Bracelet mentioned.
Post # 9
I would avoid putting the instruction/direction in the program. It just sounds kinda discriminating (you’re already drawing some line between catholics and non-catholics).
Ask the priest (or print a reminder in HIS program) to announce the little spiel that priest always says before the distribution of communion. Every mass I have been to that’s popular in a community (not those in secluded communities), the priest has always made that annoucement. I feel having the priest say that should be adequate. Usually the priest doesn’t even say “catholic” or “non-catholic” but “those who chooses not to receive communion”…,etc.
Post # 10
I believe my priest said something like, “For those not accustomed to receiving communion, you are welcome to ….”
I’m also not sure it’s necessary to put this in the program. I guess my first thought is if a non-Catholic reads this in the program, are going to feel like they have to go up for a blessing, if they’d rather just stay seated?
Post # 11
I’d let the priest know if you have a larger number of non-Catholics at your wedding, just so he knows his “audience.” I’ve seen priests at weddings explain any number of traditions and rituals (unity candle, the Our Father, “sign of peace,” etc) in the mass, which can be nice for non-practicing guests.
Depending on the level of explanation you are offering in your program, I like letting people know they are invited to go for a blessing. But if that’s the only part of the program that’s specifically aimed at non-Catholics, it might be weird. Are you also explaining things the responses, when to stand/sit?
Post # 12
@ CrstnBeach – That’s a good idea!
Post # 13
This is completely not helpful, but when I saw your post on the “All” board, I thought it said “communist” and I was really confused.
Post # 14
We talked to our priest about this today! He suggested: “Those not receiving communion are welcome to come forward for a blessing, signified by placing their hands across their chest.”
Post # 15
@ KMSull I cracked up when I saw your comment. lol