Communion is a Sacrament of Initiation
Eucharist: Is the memorial of Christ’s Passover, the work of salvation accomplished by the life, death, and resurrection of Christ, a work made present by the liturgical action. The Holy Eucharist is the sacrament in which we receive the Body and Blood of Christ.
Rules for Receiving Holy Communion
- Fast for one hour before receiving Holy Communion-no food or drink except water or medicine.
- Be in the state of grace, free from mortal sin, before receiving Holy Communion.
- Receive Holy Communion as often as possible.
- Participate in Mass on Sundays and on Holy Days of Obligation.
- Receive Holy Communion at least once each year during the Easter season.
Receiving Holy Communion with Reverence
- We bow when the Body and Blood of Christ are offered.
- To receive Holy Communion in our hands, we extend our hands with palms facing up.
- The priest or minister of Holy Communion says “the Body of Christ.”
- We reply “Amen.”
- After receiving the Body of Christ, we pick it up with our right hand and place it in our mouth.
- If we choose to receive Holy Communion on our tongues, then we say “Amen,” we fold our hands, open our mouths, and extend our tongue.
- After the Body of Christ has been placed on our tongue, we close our mouth.
- The priest or minister offers the chalice and says “The Blood of Christ.”
- We reply “Amen” and take the chalice in our own hands.
- We sip a small amount of the Blood of Christ and then return the chalice.
- After receiving Holy Communion, we return to our places in church and pray.