by Ruth Ann Pilney
As a Catholic I believe what the Church teaches about the Holy
Eucharist; that is, when consecrated by the priest at Mass, ordinary
bread and wine are changed, through the use of the words that Christ
spoke at the Last Supper and by the power of the Holy Spirit, into the
body and blood, soul and divinity, of Jesus. Catholics who understand
this great and miraculous sacramental mystery revere and worship the
Lord in his Real Presence.
When a Catholic participates at Mass, the Church encourages those who
are well-disposed to receive Holy Communion. Only those who are
Catholic, in the state of grace, and have observed the required fast may
receive Communion. It is also expected that the recipient will
approach the sacrament prayerfully and show signs of respect in posture
The following video shows the right protocol for receiving Holy
Communion. If you are Catholic, I would encourage you to watch this
short video, which is presented with both seriousness and humor.
Read Ruth Ann's suggestions for the silent period after Communion as this post continues at From the Pulpit of My Life.
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