What is Holy Communion? We believe Holy Communion is Jesus Christ, in the fullness of His Divinity and Humanity, whom we receive into our bodies in order to sanctify our souls. Jesus taught that He was giving His real Body and Blood for our spiritual nourishment. The Church teaches that Holy Communion is the reception of the Living Christ Himself. This is why St. John devoted the sixth chapter of his Gospel to Christ’s promise of giving His Flesh and Blood for our spiritual nourishment.
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Holy Communion is a sacrament of the living. A person must first of all be living in friendship with God rather, living in the state of grace.
From Christ’s own teaching Holy Communion nourishes the life of God already possessed by us. We do not feed a dead body with natural food or drink. No less can we feed a spiritually dead soul. The sacrament Christ instituted to restore life to a person in mortal sin is the sacrament of Penance, not the sacrament of Holy Communion.Sustenance of the Supernatural LifePromise of Bodily Resurrection from the DeadRemission of Venial SinsProtection Against Future SinsCurbs the Urges of ConcupiscenceSpiritual JoyPerseverance in GraceGrowth in the Supernatural LifeRemission of Sin
The Code of Canon Law (No. 917) stipulates, “A person who has received the Most Holy Eucharist may receive it again on the same day only during the celebration of the Eucharist in which the person participates, with due regard for the prescription of Canon 921, 2.” Following this lead, Canon 921, 2 stipulates, “Even if they have received Communion in the same day, those who are in danger of death are strongly urged to receive again.” Succinctly, a person may receive Holy Communion twice a day.
A Catholic can receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist at the most, 2 times per day, if certain conditions are met.
You may receive Holy Communion when:
You attend your two separate celebrations of the Holy Mass on the same day.
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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)
“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) Catholic Education Resource Center http://www.catholiceducation.org/en/culture/catholic-contributions/how-many-times-a-day-may-one-receive-communion.html
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