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The Lord's Supper Is a Rehearsal Dinner

When we partake in communion, we're practicing for something big.
The Lord's Supper Is a Rehearsal Dinner
Image: Illustration by Seth Hahne

My wedding rehearsal dinner was, in itself, a joyous experience. I don’t often think back and wish we would have eaten a certain food or gone to some other venue (though I do sometimes wish I had been wearing my beard a bit thicker at the time). In the providence of God, we managed to pull together just the precise blend of friends, family, and food to mark the miraculous union of two into one.

There is one odd bit of wedding culture, however, that I don’t think I ever fully managed to grasp before I experienced my own wedding: how important the rehearsal dinner is to making all that goodness happen. Aside from getting to eat a little more, what is the point of feasting before you feast?

Feasting with the Lamb

The buildup to a wedding is a microcosm of the whole of history. When John the Revelator recorded his vision of the drama of history, one of its key scenes is a wedding celebration.

On that day, the Bride, Christ’s church, will come arrayed in the splendor of spotless ...

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