Remember, it is your ceremony and I am here to assist you in making the day memorable. Do not hesitate to include your own
(very nice if background music is played during this portion of the ceremony)
(The cup and the bread waits on a small table. Elrod then passes the bread to the bride and groom, each facing the
Elrod: A part of the Christian heritage is the taking of the bread and wine, as Christ did at the last supper, a coming
to the table of God and sharing the very spiritually significant experience of communion. Groom and Bride have chosen to take their very
first communion as husband and wife in your presence to acknowledge the place that their spiritual heritage will continue to have in their
new life together.
As the Bible tells us, Christ gathered his disciples the evening before his taking to the cross and shared a meal. This meal was
different than the others before it in that Christ asked that they make special note of the occasion. Christ knowing of his fate wanted to
ensure that each disciple understood that his presence was not fleeting, that Christ was to remain with them always in their hearts, souls,
and minds. So that they would not forget the unity of spirit, he asked that they take the bread and wine together in a Spirit of
Elrod hold up bread and says: For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on
the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body, which is for you; do this in
remembrance of me."
Elrod hold out bread for Groom and Bride
Groom places the bread on the tongue of Bride , she pauses, chews and swallows,
Bride places the bread on the tongue of Groom , he pauses, chews and swallows,
Elrod hold up wine and says: "In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, " This cup is the new covenant
in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me. "For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim
the Lord's death until he comes.
Elrod hold out wine for Groom and Bride
Groom holds the cup for Bride to drink, she pauses, and swallows,
Bride holds the cup for Groom to drink, he pauses, swallows, and the groom passes it back to Elrod.
Elrod: The taking of a meal together, especially when remembering the life and sacrifice of Christ, ensures that we
do not forget that we are all one body, one blood, and one spirit, and that the breaking of bread and sharing of a cup is more than
nourishment or the quenching of thirst, but the sharing of ourselves. May you always share in the unity and peace of the
One line of singing or 1-2 minutes of appropriate music immediately following communion.