Guidelines For Reception Of Holy Communion - January 2010

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Guidelines for the Reception of Holy Communion (Part 1): For Catholics
As Catholics, we full participate in the celebration of the Eucharist when we receive Holy Communion. We are encouraged to receive Communion devoutly and frequently. In order to be properly disposed to receive Communion, communicants should not be conscious of grave sin and normally should have fasted for one hour. A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to receive the Body of Christ of the Lord without prior sacramental confession except for a grave reason where there is no opportunity for confession. In this case, the person is to be mindful of the obligation to make an act of perfect contrition, including of confessing as soon as possible (canon 919). A frequent reception of the Sacrament of Penance is encouraged for all. (Next Week: For our fellow Christians)

Guidelines for the Reception of Holy Communion (Part II): For Our Fellow Christians
We welcome our fellow Christians to the celebration of the Eucharist as our brothers and sisters. We pray that our common baptism and the action of the Holy Spirit in this Eucharist will draw us closer to one another and begin to dispel the sad divisions which separate us. We pray that these will lessen and finally disappear, in keeping with Christ’s prayer for us, “that they may all be one” (Jn 17: 21)

Because Catholics believe that the celebration of the Eucharist is a sign of the reality of the oneness of faith, life and worship, members of those churches with whom we are not yet fully united are ordinarily not admitted to Holy Communion. Eucharistic sharing in exceptional cases by other Christians requires permission according to the directives of the Diocesan Bishop and the provisions of canon law (c. 844#4).

Scripture is clear that partaking of the Eucharist is among the highest signs of Christian unity, “because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of one bread” (1Cor 10:17). For this reason, it is normally impossible for non-catholic Christians to receive Holy Communion, for to do so would be proclaim a unity to exist that, regrettably does not.

Another reason that many non-Catholics may not ordinarily receive Communion is for their own protection since many reject the doctrine of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Scripture warns that it is very dangerous for one not believing in the Real Presence to receive communion. “For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgement upon himself” (1Cor 11:29 – 30)
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