Written on 07 June 2015, 09.43 by Gene C. Alberto

What is necessary to receive Holy Communion worthily?

It is necessary for us to be free from mortal sins, to have a right intention, and to obey the Church’s laws on the fast required before Holy Communion out of reverence for the Body and Blood of Our Divine Lord.

Are there any cases in which Holy Communion may be received without fasting?

The laws enacted by the Church regarding the fast required before Holy Communion are the following:

1. When one is in danger of death, Holy Communion may be received without fasting, or when it is necessary to save the Blessed Sacrament from insult or injury.

2. Sick persons, though not confined in bed, may receive Holy Communion after taking medicine or non-alcoholic drinks.  A priest’s permission is not necessary.

3. All Catholics may receive Holy Communion after fasting one hour from food and drink including even alcoholic beverages in moderation.  This rule applies to Holy Communion at Masses celebrated in the morning, afternoon or evening.

4. One may received Holy Communion a second time on the same day, as long as the second time is at Mass, not a Communion service.

What are the effects of a worthy Holy Communion?

First, a closer union with our Lord and a more fervent love of God and of our neighbor;  second, an increase of sanctifying grace; third, preservation from mortal sin and the remission of venial sin; fourth, the lessening of our inclinations to sin and help to practice good works.

Holy Communion is eating food for the soul.  Our Lord said, “He who eats Me, he also shall live because of Me” (John 6:58).  But Christ is love.  This food is a flaming food, flaming with the fire of divine love.  This love unites us most closely to our Lord.  It...

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