[quote="CSUNGerrie, post:1, topic:178886"]
I am a recent Catholic convert (still taking RCAI classes). I believe that the Eucharist is the real presence, the body of Christ. I DO NOT take it symbolicly.
However, my question is whether it is ok to celebrate the breaking of bread with my family done symbolicly. I dont mean if it is ok to partake in communion in a protestant service. I know that would be a sin since it insults the real presence found in the Eucharist.
The Eastern Europeans have a wonderful holiday tradition on Christmas Eve whereby they sit around the table prior to dinner and the father solemnly breaks an unleavened wafer and distributes it to all members of the family as a symbolic gesture of Christ among us. I have also received Christmas cards with a portion of the Oplatki inside.
Oplatki means "Angel Bread." Sometimes you will see Oplatki spelled as Oplatky or Oplatke, and you will also see the singular version, Oplatek. My own family celebrates this tradition. On the back of the envelope which contains the Oplatki, it reads:
"The word Bethlehem means 'House of Bread.' The breaking of the bread is a sign of charity, unity, and friendship. Religious family traditions and customs bring the truths of Faith into the home. One of these beautiful Christmas customs is the Christmas Wafer. A Wafer bearing a simple design commemorative of Christ's birth is broken by the head of the family and distributed to each member. With a simple prayer for God's grace and the welfare of the present and absent members of the family, the head family member breaks the Wafer and distributes it, a piece to each one at the table. While doing so each member of the family is kissed and is wished a joyful feast. The other family members then greet one another in the same way.
"The spiritual lesson in this age old custom is unity of the family - the main pillar of society. The bond of unity is the Christ-like charity that should exist amongst the members of the family. The father of the family is the link in the unbroken chain of One Body, One Bread, One Christ, and One Church. The family joins him in this eternal procession no matter where they are. For there is a universal longing by men to be always with one another, with God.
"All this brings to mind clearly our charity for one another, to seek salvation together. Family customs remind us that we seek and obtain salvation with the help of others at all times."
As far as I am concerned, you can break bread symbolically with your family at anytime! :thumbsup: