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PostPosted: 18 Jun 2016, 18:10 
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Is the receiving of communion in a Catholic wedding service just for the couple and the bridal party, or is it offered to all Catholic members of the congregation? I particularly need information relating to how things would have been in 1934, if anyone can help with that. I have tried researching it, but I couldn't seem to get a definite answer from the search results.

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All of the congregation


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Mia wrote:
All of the congregation


I think it depends. At my cousin's wedding, communion was only offered to the Catholic members of the congregation (meaning that the bride was allowed communion, but not the groom!).


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Only for Catholic members of the congregation. Even now at weddings I've attended where the bride or groom isn't Catholic they can't receive communion.


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I would imagine that only Catholic members of the congregation would wish to take Communion anyway.


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I have heard of Anglicans taking communion at Roman Catholic churches, but only by prior arrangement and if they were well known to the priest(s) - accompanying a close friend or family member, for example, or two neighbouring churches making a joint act of worship. There was quite a movement toward ecumenical worship in some parishes in the 1970s and 80s, though I don't know if it's still going.


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Which was what I meant.
Not all Catholic weddings have a mass nowadays anyway.


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Thanks for the help, everybody. I think I should be fairly safe having a Catholic member of the congregation receive communion at a wedding in 1934 then. That saves me from some last-minute redrafting :D

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Strictly speaking, it would depend whether there was a nuptial Mass. As has been mentioned, not all RC marriages include a Mass.

In 1934, no non-Catholic would have been offered Communion and it would have been fairly unlikely for there to have been a nuptial Mass anyway if one of the people marrying was not Catholic. Not being able to have a nuptial Mass was one way that the authorities expressed their displeasure at mixed marriages.


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Rietta wrote:
Thanks for the help, everybody. I think I should be fairly safe having a Catholic member of the congregation receive communion at a wedding in 1934 then. That saves me from some last-minute redrafting :D


Yep, if they're Catholic then you'll be fine.


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