A Baptist at a Catholic Mass

While out of town for about three weeks, I had the privilege of attending a Catholic Mass of a colleague of mine.  In typical Baptist fashion, I sat in the back.

However, when my Catholic priest friend asked the attendees to stand, I stood as well and so on.  But as he went around sharing the bread, I crossed my arms, meaning: I will receive a blessing instead of the bread.

It became a matter of conscience, informed by my theology on the matter.  But I’m also aware that others see things differently, and therefore would have taken the bread.

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6 Responses to A Baptist at a Catholic Mass

  1. David Beirne says:

    Been to several Catholic funeral masses and always hear priest say all us unconfirmed ones need not participate.

  2. TC says:

    Yes, we do that kind of fencing too. But something I failed to put in the post is the fact that my colleague was about to give me the wafer. I wished he had fenced it. But he did not in this case.

  3. Simon says:

    TC, I thought that the Eucharist can’t be offered to non-catholics as a matter of doctrine. I guess there’s no way for the priest to know whether a visitor is RC or not unless you indicate that you aren’t. I go to Mass with my gf who is RC. I always remain seated when it’s time to go up the front to receive the Eucharist. I am not in communion with Rome and so can’t participate in the Eucharist at Catholic Mass.

    • TC says:

      Simon, my colleague knew I was non-Catholic. There was no doubt in his mind. I’m sure of that. Prior to my visit we had had conversations on that matter. Just one of those moments, I guess.

      No, we all stood in our seats while the priest went around. No one went forward.

  4. Simon says:

    So are you saying that at the congregation you attended, it was ok for non-Catholics to have Communion? That’s very interesting if that’s the case.

    • TC says:

      Not saying that. I think he was just excited to see me and such got the better of him. I don’t think it is the norm. Certainly not.

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