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Can Catholics Take Communion

I was baptized Catholic, but was never raised in a religious household. I now attend a Christian church. Is it allowed for me to take communion? Do I have to do any other preparations besides acknowledging it?

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 ---Krista on 12/6/06
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Krista, If I were you, I'd study every scripture that talks about Communion. I believe there's an entire chapter in 1 Corinthians somewhere, maybe Chapter 10. Find out everything Jesus said about it, and also the Apostle Paul. Study it first, then be at peace to take it, knowing what the scriptures say about taking it in the rightful manner, etc.,
---Donna9759 on 5/7/07


augua, I know the beginnings of the first real Christians who worshipped only Christ, and I also know the roots of the Apostolic church, and you are incorrect in your statement that the "only Jesus" church is a recent foundation.
---Eloy on 12/9/06


"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations,baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." (Mt. 28:19)

*for all of the Christian Apostolic Churches that I know of believe in the baptism in the Name of the Lord.*

The true Apostolic churches have always used the Scriptural Trinitarian formula and all historic Christian documents attest to this. The practice of baptizing in Jesus' name only is very recent, Eloy.
---augua9846 on 12/9/06


.jack, many churches are not comprised of born-again Christians, but rather children of the devil, and instead of being temples of the Holy Ghost, they are white-washed tombs full of dead man's bones and are rather broods of deceitful lies and venom and are the synagogues of Satan.
---Eloy on 12/8/06


** True Christians will care more about what Christ himself says, rather than what any churches have to say.**

If the church is true Christians, then isn't what the church says what Christ says?
---Jack on 12/7/06




True Christians will care more about what Christ himself says, rather than what any churches have to say. If Christ Commands baptism in his Name, and every so-called church in the world would reject this, than every church in the world would be damned by God. So who will you follow, Christ, or a church?
---Eloy on 12/7/06


augua, your statement about the majority of churches is a false statement, unless you are refering to the majority of dead churches which are not even Christian at all, for all of the Christian Apostolic Churches that I know of believe in the baptism in the Name of the Lord.
---Eloy on 12/7/06


Baptism in Jesus' name alone (LDS, UCPI etc) is not considered valid in the majority of Christian churches.
---augua9846 on 12/7/06


God's Supper Table is for all, but I would suggest that you get baptized Christian, in the Name of the Lord.


---Eloy on 12/7/06


God's Supper Table is for all, but I would suggest that you get baptized Christian, in the Name of the Lord.
---Eloy on 12/7/06




I've only come to a few denominations that have closed communion. most of which are clear about it. I've visited many churches and the ones that are close communion usually have people that sit with visitors to explaine beliefs, and what all people can participate in and what only members can.
---Jared on 12/6/06


It depends on which church you go to. You'd need to check with the Pastor of that church.

However, if it's not a Catholic Church, the host may not be consecrated so it might not be the same.
---grace3869 on 12/6/06


I believe in the Christian Church (as in the denomination) they have open communion. Best to talk to the pastor first to be for sure though. Some churches have closed communion and get upset if you participate without letting them know.
---Jared on 12/6/06


Christa, do you consider yourself to be a Roman Catholic now?

Make up your mind what you are now, and then act accordingly.
---Jack on 12/6/06


Are you talking about taking communion in your Protestant church or a Catholic church?

If Protesant you need to talk to your pastor first and let him explain his churchs' teachings on it. If you meant Catholic, then no you are not allowed to take communion unless your believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist and are in a state of grace.
---augua9846 on 12/6/06


In my church, United Methodist, we have what is called an "open table." That means you do not have to be a member to partake of communion, it is only required that you believe and that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Personal Savior. Accept it with praise, thanksgiving, and humility in your heart.
---Jayne on 12/6/06


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Read John 6 and you will see that comming to the bread and the cup is coming to Jesus. Every one needs Jesus. The communion table is not a place of division but of reconcilliation. Your church probably has rules ans regulations concerning who is allowed to partake but Jesus invited everyone to partake of Him. To keep peace in your church check with the leaders to see how they do it there. If they don't allow you then take it at home between you and the Lord.
---john on 12/6/06


PART ONE:
Krista,
Communion is for any born-again individual who wishes to participate. Given your RC background, is is important to understand the significance of communion. It is a memorial I Cor 11:25 by which we remember the death of Jesus and reaffirm our belief that he is coming again v. 26.
---Bruce5656 on 12/6/06


PART TWO:
It does not purify ones soul, cleanse from sin, make sure your salvation etc. It is simply a memorial.

The only restriction placed on participation is for those who, like some of the Corinthians, had a bad attitude toward other members of the church. Read the whole of I Cor 11 to get the whole story.
---Bruce5656 on 12/6/06


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