Communion at a Nuptial Mass

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q: I was asked about whether or not, at a Nuptial Mass, it would be permitted for only the Bride and Groom to receive Holy Communion; this is in order to limit the movement of guests and decrease the risk of Covid.  Could that be done, or do the faithful who participate in the Nuptial Mass have a right to receive Holy Communion at that Mass? Thanks for your thoughts.


A: A canonist colleague points to canon 843, §1: “Sacred ministers cannot deny the sacraments to those who seek them at appropriate times, are properly disposed, and are not prohibited by law from receiving them.”

I would add that liturgical theology offers no support for declining to offer communion to Catholics who otherwise take part in the sacrifice of the Mass.