- 5 years ago
- Wedding: August 2013
Hi Catholic Bees,
Would you personally take Communion at a Protestant Wedding? My Fiance and I are getting married in a Methodist Church and are comtemplating whether or not we should have Communion. Half of our wedding guests would consider themselves Catholic, regardless of whether they are devout, practicing, lapsed, cradle, non-practicing. Most of these guests would take communion during Mass unless they completely denounced the church.
In the Methodist tradition, all who believe that Jesus Christ is their savior can take communion. I understand, though, that in Catholic tradition, Catholics should not take communion when it is symbolic and not literal. However, I know Catholics who take communion in other churches (on the occasion that they are in another church). This includes my mom and some of my family members.
If we choose to do communion, I would include a brief, 2-3 line explanation in the program, which would mention to Catholics to take on their own discretion. My Pastor would be able to briefly explain this as well during the ceremony.
However, would offering communion be offensive and/or awkward for Catholics? Would you personally take it? If you come from a Catholic family, do you know if they would partake? I’m not offended either way if someone does or doesn’t take, but I don’t want a special moment to turn awkward for people. For the record, I was raised Catholic and I’m not really concerned about non-Christian guests because they generally expect communion to happen at weddings and aren’t offended.
My mom (who is practicing) said to go ahead and do it – many guests in attendance will not see themselves in mortal sin for taking communion once. But, I wanted to see what you all thought.
ETA: I don’t know if this is related, but I had a friend who was baptised as an adult as a Southern Baptist. Her grandparents, who were devout Catholics, weren’t sure whether or not they should go. They asked two priests. One said they shouldn’t honor their granddaughter being baptised in another religion. The other said that they should go, that it is honoring the same God, and could cause family damage if they didn’t go. They listened to the second priest but went to mass beforehand.