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ALL ABOUT HOLY eucharist. document released at Rome, from the offices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on September 14, 1994.

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All about holy eucharist

ALL ABOUT HOLY eucharist

  • document released at Rome, from the offices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on September 14, 1994.

  • I am Catholic, divorced and remarried without a Church dispensation. Some of my friends say that I can still receive communion while others say that I cannot. Can I receive communion or not under these circumstances?


Can a person receive the sacrament of the holy eucharist more than once a day

Can a person receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist more than once a day?

  • Yes, a Catholic can receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist more than once a day, if certain conditions are met.


How many times can a person receive communion in one day

How many times can a person receive Communion in one day?

  • A Catholic can receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist at the most, 2 times per day, if certain conditions are met. This is based on the following teachings of the Catholic Church:


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  • "One who has received the blessed Eucharist may receive it again on the same day only within a Eucharistic celebration in which that person participates, without prejudice to the provision of can. 921 §2." (Canon Law # 917)

  • It is in keeping with the very meaning of the Eucharist that the faithful, if they have the required dispositions, receive communion each time they participate in the Mass. [Cf. CIC, can. 917; AAS 76 (1984) 746-747] As the Second Vatican Council says: "That more perfect form of participation in the Mass whereby the faithful, after the priest's communion, receive the Lord's Body from the same sacrifice, is warmly recommended." [SC 55] (Catechism of the Catholic Church # 1388)


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  • If a Catholic has already received the Sacrament of Holy Communion during the day and he is facing the danger of death, during the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick (Last Rites), he can once more receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist on the same day. But, he cannot receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist twice on the same day through the administration of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.

  • "Christ's faithful who are in danger of death, from whatever cause, are to be strengthened by holy communion as Viaticum." (Canon Law # 921 §1)


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  • "Even if they have already received holy communion that same day, it is nevertheless strongly suggested that in danger of death they should communicate again." (Canon Law # 921 §2)

  • "While the danger of death persists, it is recommended that holy communion be administered a number of times, but on separate days." (Canon Law # 921 §3)


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  • Examples:

  • You may receive Holy Communion when:

  • 1. You attend your two separate celebrations of the Holy Mass on the same day. [Canon Law # 917; C.C.C. # 1388]

  • 2. You attend a regular daily Holy Mass and a funeral during which there is a Eucharistic celebration.


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  • Examples:

  • 3. You attend a regular daily Holy Mass and a wedding during which there is a Eucharistic celebration.

  • 4. You attend a regular daily Holy Mass and receive the Last Rites (Anointing of the Sick).

  • 5. You attend a regular daily Holy Mass and a Vigil Holy Mass on the same day.


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  • Where did Communion in the hand come from? Don’t you think it encourages disrespect?

Communion in the hand was the norm for most of the first millennium. Because of the dangers of misuse and the growing concern for reverence, the practice of giving the Host on the tongue was introduced about the ninth century.

The present practice of giving communion in the hand dates from 1969, when Pope Paul VI opened the way for episcopal conferences who wished to reintroduce the practice. Permission was granted to the U.S. bishops in 1977.


All about holy eucharist

  • Where did Communion in the hand come from? Don’t you think it encourages disrespect?

There is nothing intrinsically more reverent about reception on the tongue or less reverent about receiving in the hand. Reverence or irreverence are generally determined by other factors:

the spiritual attitude of the recipient,

the demeanor of the one giving communion,

the adequacy of Eucharistic understanding, and

the manner in which the Eucharistic elements are treated both within and outside Mass.


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