Any Christian is entitled to receive the Eucharist. In the Orthodox Faith, once you are baptised you are able to receive the Holy Communion. In the Catholic Faith, communi…on is allowed once you've had your "First Communion". The difference is that the Orthodox are Christened with their Baptism and First Communion as one sacrament, which makes sense because after all, they are both a sacrament based upon the acceptance into God's family and the Church. Yet, Catholics separate this into two separate events. Another Point of view (from Silvermagic) We do not only receive Communion as individuals. We receive it with our brothers and sisters in faith as part of the Body of Christ. If you are not in Communion or agreement with the people celebrating their Bread and Wine, you should not partake of it. There are conditions for Holy Communion - see the New Testament quotes that follow: For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. 1 Corinthians 11:29 King James Version (KJV) Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift Matthew 5: 23-24 New International Version Being "judgemental" implies condemnation and rejection, which isn't an option. However, we are called to exercise judgement. We can't allow sacrilege - we have to protect what is dear to us as well as protecting the person approaching unworthily. In the quote from Corinthians, (quote below) St Paul says that approaching Communion unworthily is the reason so many are sick, and some have 'fallen asleep', ie died. A homeless man drunk on cheap spirits wanted communion in our church once, and he was gently and politely refused. He had been lurching around the church, shouting curses. He was certainly welcome in Church, which is, after all, for sinners, but he couldn't be allowed to take Communion. Likewise a Hindi lady who wandered in off the street. She was welcome too, but she had absolutely no notion of the very basics of Christianity and therefore was gently and politely refused, with an offer to talk to the priest after the service. Communion is a very serious matter. Its an act of individual and collective reverential worship and must never, ever be confused with a pizza party. Those who wish to go to Communion have to prepare themselves, by examining their conscience and repenting of any sin in their lives, by putting right troubled relationships and asking forgiveness of those they have hurt by word or deed. Communion is far too precious to be participated in lightly and with frivolity. It helps us rid ourselves of our sins and selfishness with the help of the Holy Spirit as part of an ongoing process of sanctification until we see Him face to face. If anyone wants to look at what St Paul had to say on the matter, it can be found in the book of 1 Corinthians, verses 17 to 27. Here is a quote: Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment. When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world. Roman Catholic AnswerTo receive Holy Communion, you must be a Catholic in good standing, not excommunicated, over the age of reason; you must have made your First Confession, and First Holy Communion, and you must be in a state of grace. If you are not in a state of grace (i.e. you have mortal sin on your soul), then you must go to confession first. Finally, you must be fasting for one hour prior to Holy Communion.
We should prayerfully recollect ourselves prior to coming to Mass. We should strive to arrive on time, allowing ourselves to prepare our minds and hearts for the liturgy. Upon… entering the church, we should maintain reverent silence so that we and those around us are able to pray before Mass begins. This will ensure that we are at peace within ourselves and with others. Such recollection helps to eliminate distractions and allows us to focus more easily on the great mystery of the Eucharistic celebration in which we are about to participate. A prayerful and reflective reading of the Scripture selections for the Mass of the day will help make our hearts and minds ready to receive God's Word more deeply.We are required to keep the Eucharistic fast, that is, refraining from food and drink (except for water and medicines) for at least one hour prior to receiving Holy Communion. This fast demonstrates reverence and respect for the Body and Blood of Christ that we are going to receive. It also teaches us to hunger for Jesus in Holy Communion.We should also come to the sacred liturgy appropriately dressed. As Christians we should dress in a modest manner, wearing clothes that reflect our reverence for God and that manifest our respect for the dignity of the liturgy and for one another. see Bishop's preparation at the link below: Page 12 NB. It is worth adding that one should make an examination of conscience to recall if we have sinned against God or man since our last confession. If our sin is not grave we should at least say an act of contrition and make the sign of the cross with holy water (this is usually done when entering the church; holy water is a sacramental that absolves venial sin). If we have sinned gravely we must confess our sins to a priest in the sacrament of confession before approaching the altar to receive Our Lord in Holy Communion. By receiving the sacrament of reconciliation, to eliminate mortal sins and then to fast from food or drink (excluding water) for 1 hour before; unless you are pregnant, nursing, below the age of reason, or over 65. Catholic AnswerPreparation for Holy Communion should start the day before, one should be in a state of grace, so it is always advisable to go to Confession. Even if you are not aware of any mortal sin, the grace of the Sacrament is one of the best ways to prepare to receive Our Blessed Lord in Holy Communion. One should be fasting at least one hour previously to reception (except if you are sick at home or a hospital and someone is bringing you Holy Communion, then a fifteen minute fast is required). One should be aware of Whom one is receiving in Holy Communion, prepare yourself as well as you can by paying attention to the readings and homily; participate in the prayers, offer yourself up on the paten when the priest offers the bread. And finally, to be truly humble and grateful that Almighty God has condescended to come to you with His Grace. . Catholic Answer In response to the question, "how should one prepare to receive Holy Communion," I refer you to paragraphs 1384 and 1385 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church which states: 1384 "The Lord addresses an invitation to us, urging us to receive him in the sacrament of the Eucharist: "Truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you." (Jn 6:53) 1385 "To respond to this invitation we must prepare ourselves for so great and so holy a moment. St. Paul urges us to examine our conscience: "Whosoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself." (1 Cor 11:27-29) Anyone conscious of a grave sin must receive the sacrament of Reconciliation before coming to communion." To further illustrate the point of preparing oneself prior to participating in the sacrament of the Eucharist, consider the words of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI and of His Holiness John Paul II. "Despite our weakness and sin, Christ wants to make his dwelling place in us. This is why we must do everything in our power to receive him with a pure heart, continuously rediscovering through the Sacrament of forgiveness that purity which sin has stained, "that [our] minds be attuned to [our] voices" (cf. Sacrosanctum Concilium, n. 11)," ~ Homily of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, Foconi Hall, Sunday, 22 June 2008 37. "The two sacraments of the Eucharist and Penance are very closely connected. Because the Eucharist makes present the redeeming sacrifice of the Cross, perpetuating it sacramentally, it naturally gives rise to a continual need for conversion, for a personal response to the appeal made by Saint Paul to the Christians of Corinth: "We beseech you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God." (2 Cor 5:20). If a Christians' conscience is burdened by serious sin, then the path of penance through the sacrament of Reconciliation becomes necessary for full participation in the Eucharistic Sacrifice." ~ Encyclical Letter, Ecclesia De Eucharistia, of His Holiness Pope John Paul II
Yes. Holy Communion is a very important sacrement of the Church. In the New Testament, Jesus says that when we do this, we remember him and the sacrifice he has made for …all humanity. Most Pentacostal churches perform Holy Communion once a month (usually on the first Sunday). Usually communion consists of eating of the bread or waffer (which symbolizes the body of Christ) and the drinking of grape juice (which symbolizes the Blood of Christ). In many Pentacostal churches, the physical washing of one another's feet is also included. If you are humble enough to wash your neighbor's feet as Jesus did with his deciples, then you are humble enough to be a follower of Christ.
Speak to God (Prayer). One could thank God for his blessings, ask for help or understanding. What one discusses with God is up to them at this time. After Holy Communion we …should spend some time adoring Our Lord, thanking Him, renewing our promises of love and of obedience to Him, and asking Him for blessings for ourselves and others. Roman Catholic Answer Because Holy Communion is the actual Body and Blood of Our Blessed Lord, because He asked us to do it, and because through our participation in Him in our worthy reception of this Most Blessed Sacrament, we grow closer to Him and are strengthened to live the Christian life and resist sin. Note: Catholics NEVER take Holy Communion, they only receive Holy Communion. We should NOT receive Holy Communion if we are not in a state of grace (if we have not previously been to confession) as St. Paul warns of the extreme danger involved in consuming the Body and Blood of the Lord unworthily. Another Answer I am not a preacher or anything like that but I do love God and I think that Holy Communion is a remembrance of what Our Lord and Savior did for us!(Dying on the cross for our sins) So after I receive Holy Communion I pray to God and repent and picture him dying on the cross getting savagely beat by many roman soldiers (Passion of the Christ). I can't think of any reason why someone would accept that punishment for no crimes committed. That's Love. "He was pierced for of our transgressions, He was crushed for of our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed." - Isaiah 53:5 "God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." -Romans 5:8
Baptism is something that takes place in your heart not some old fogey trying to drown you, if you decide to be a follower of Jesus you are 'baptised' simply by accepting him …as your master and absolute king. Baptism is sort of a symbolic and public version of giving your life to God but the true baptism has already taken place in your heart. If you feel you must have your head held held under water you can do it your self or have some old fogey try to drown you heh heh heh. Roman Catholic Answer: No, you can receive NO sacraments without Baptism. Baptism is a real being born again through water and the spirit as commanded by Jesus Christ. It makes you into a new being, a child of God. Until this takes place you are incapable of receiving any of the other sacraments. St. Paul warns of us in the Bible when he points out that many people are sick and even dying because they are receiving the Eucharist unworthily. An unworthy reception of Holy Communion would be without prior Baptism and Confession. An unworthy reception of Holy Communion is sacrilege, and a very grave sin.
At what age? child - 2 years in Religious Education, preceded by Sacrament of Reconciliation (aka Confession / Penance). Both required by Church Teaching. usually received i…n 2nd grade. Non Baptized (to include non Trinitarian Baptism) RCIA 2 year preparation with sponsor ending with Confirmation (usually at the Easter Vigil) Baptized non-Catholic RCIC = series of structured classes... ending with confirmation --- New way -- old way, depending upon denomination, series of personal classes with priest, ending with welcoming into church family by public recitation of the Nicene Creed. Baptized Catholic Catholic Adults... playing "catch up ball" confirmation class (not required) prior to reception. . Catholic Answer To receive Holy Communion, first of all you must be a baptized Catholic, in the Eastern Rites, you then receive your first Holy Communion immediately (as an infant). In the Latin rite, you must be of age (usually over 7 years old), have made your first Confession, and First Holy Communion. You must be in a state of grace, which means that you have been to Confession (Reconciliation) recently: you must confess all serious sins since your last confession, and it is most helpful for you, if you confess all sins, even venial. If you are married, you must have been married by the Church. If you have any questions as to your state in life, please mention them in Confession and ask the priest about them. It would always be helpful to ask the priest if you should receive Holy Communion or not. . You should make a preparation the evening before, and some time before Mass praying to God about this great privilege. You must be fasting for one hour before receiving the Blessed Sacrament. Finally, you must approach the sacrament reverently, and make a good Thanksgiving afterward. . Most people are receiving the Blessed Sacrament not in good standing with the Church, not in a state of grace, without having been to Confession, without prior preparation and prayer. This is very dangerous, read St. Paul, I don't know what these people are thinking. Please offer a prayer for them when you are preparing to receive the Blessed Sacrament in Holy Communion. . Finally, if you have any doubts, whatsoever, as to whether you should receive Holy Communion, my advice would be to refrain until you can speak to a priest in confession. When I was a younger man, we have three to four priests hearing confessions for hours on Saturday, all of them with lines to the back of the Church, EVERY single Saturday, and only about a third of the people in the pews on Sunday went to receive Holy Communion. People knew that they had to attend Mass, but that they should not receive the Sacrament unless they were in a state of grace, with a clear conscience. We would do well to learn a lesson from our grandparents in this regard. If you are not going to confession regularly, then you probably should not be receiving Holy Communion regularly either. If in doubt, ask a priest!
Amen. It means I believe.
You should spend a few minutes to reflect on the Eucharist and quietly pray. However, that is now nearly impossible as we are forced to stand and sing during communnion
The Eucharist is the pinnacle of the Catholic faith. It is the whole reason the Mass exists and it was directly commanded by Jesus when he said "this is my body...this is my b…lood... do this in memory of me." We were expressly told by Jesus at the Passover meal with his disciples that we are to remember his death and what his death represented. We are always to remember his victory over death and Satan and the cleansing of our sin by His blood. It is important to thank Him for what He did for us and to celebrate it. It also allows parents to teach the story of His death and resurrection and the cleansing of our sin by His blood. Catholic Answer: In St. John's Gospel we are told "Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you shall not have life in you." The apostles did not understand what he was saying until Jesus, at the Last Supper, said, "Take and eat, this is my body. . . . this is the chalice of my blood of the new and eternal covenant which will be poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins." it is important to receive the first holy communion because then you can eat the holy spirit of Jesus.really it is Jesus. In the Catholic Faith, the wine & the wafer do more than just signify the blood & body of Christ- they are believed to be transformed into the actual blood & body. Jesus commanded the disciples to partake of the Cup & Loaf, "...this is my blood you drink; this is my body you eat..." Because of this Sacrament, mankind becomes one with the Christ. Roman Catholic AnswerCatholic never "take" Holy Communion, they only "receive" Holy Communion. Holy Communion is the participation in the actual Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Blessed Lord. It is important as He, Himself, told us that unless we eat His Body, and drink His Blood, we will have no life in us. This is the method par exellence that Our Blessed Lord established for us to receive grace until everlasting life.
Most Catholic children receive their First Holy Communion when they reach the age of reason, about seven years of age. Communion is the receiving of the body and blood of Chri…st that have been transformed from simple bread and wine at the consecration of the Mass. Children usually require one or two years of education about the sacrament before they receive communion for the first time.
Roman Catholic AnswerYou must be a Catholic who is old enough to have received their first Holy Communion. You must be in good standing with the church, and in a state of grac…e (i.e. no mortal sin on your soul, normally, you should have been to confession before receiving Holy Communion). According to the current regulations of the Church, you must be fasting from all food and liquids (save water and required medication) for at least one hour prior to receiving.
you receive the body of christ with the wine[blood of christ]
One word, openness.
One should never receive Holy Communion more than once per week; otherwise there is a danger of becoming "Holier than Thou." Persons receiving Holy Communion with greater freq…uency tend to become devout, and once that happens there's just no living with them!
In the Catholic Church, you may receive Holy Communion once a day (under certain circumstances, twice) if you have made your first Holy Communion, have been to confession rece…ntly, and are in a state of grace, AND have been fasting for one solid hour, unless you are ill or some other extenuating circumstance exists.
No you can't, because in the bible it explains how god destroyed 2 cities because they were showing gay affection.So think about it if god destroyed these cities, for doing a …sin which was people being gay in the cities, do you think lesbian can receive holy communion? and the answer is no because its a sin. Matter of fact gay, lesbian people are worse than animals, because animals will never ever do that type of thinks in life.