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Title: To receive communion is to receive Christ

To receive communion is to receive Christ
Raphael (1483-1520) The Mass at Bolsena Fresco,
1512 Stanza della Segnatura, Palazzi Pontifici,
  • 30

Compendium of the Catechism
  • 291. What is required to receive Holy Communion?
  • 1385-13891415
  • To receive Holy Communion one must be fully
    incorporated into the Catholic Church and be in
    the state of grace, that is, not conscious of
    being in mortal sin. Anyone who is conscious of
    having committed a grave sin must first receive
    the sacrament of Reconciliation before going to
    Communion. Also important for those receiving
    Holy Communion are a spirit of recollection and
    prayer, observance of the fast prescribed by the
    Church, and an appropriate disposition of the
    body (gestures and dress) as a sign of respect
    for Christ.

  • The first Christians found in the Eucharist the
    reason to be heroic. Holy Communion gave them
    encouragement and strength to defend their faith
    even unto martyrdom.
  • We should show the same love and respect which
    the first Christians had for the Eucharist.

JANMOT, Anne-François-Louis (1814-1892) Le Poème
de l'âme - Première communion The Poem of the
Soul - First Communion Oil on canvas, c.1851 44
3/8 x 57 inches (113 x 145 cm) Musée des
Beaux-Arts, Lyon
Main ideas
1. The Eucharist as a Sacrifice and Communion
  • The Eucharistic Sacrifice or Holy Mass is both
  • the memorial which perpetuates the offering of
    Christ to the Father on the cross,
  • and also a sacrificial banquet of the Body and
    Blood of Jesus Christ.
  • The Eucharistic celebration also has as its aim
    the intimate union of the faithful with Christ
    through Holy Communion. To receive Communion is
    to receive the same Christ who offers Himself for
    us on the cross.

TIEPOLO, Giovanni Battista (1696-1770) Last
Communion of St Lucy Oil on canvas, 1747-1748 87
3/8 x 39 3/4 inches (222 x 101 cm) Santi
Apostoli, Venice
2. Christ instituted the Eucharist as nourishment
for our souls
  • Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood
    has eternal life, and I shall raise that person
    up on the last day. For my flesh is real food and
    my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and
    drinks my blood lives in me and I live in that
    person (John 654-56).
  • In the Last Supper, when Our Lord instituted the
    Eucharist Take it and eat it, this is my body
    (Mathew 2626). These words clearly show that the
    body of Christ is really present in the Eucharist
    and that He gives Himself to us as nourishment.

COELLO, Claudio Communion of St. Teresa of
Avila Museo Lázaro Galdiano, Madrid
3. The fruits of Communion
  • Communion nourishes our spiritual life in a
    similar way as material food nourishes the life
    of our body. What are the fruits of sacramental
  • It increases our union with Christ present in the
  • It increases graces and virtues in those who
    receive communion worthily.
  • It keeps us away from sin purifies us from
    venial sins and failings, because it increases
    our charity.
  • It strengthens the unity of the Church, the
    mystical body of Christ.
  • In the Eucharist, Christ gives us a foretaste of
    eternal life.

GILLICK, James Study for a portrait of Pope John
Paul II Private Collection
4. Dispositions for a good Communion
  • The dispositions to receive Christ worthily are
  • To be in a state of grace.
  • To observe the Eucharistic fast.
  • To be conscious of whom we receive.
  • Even our external appearance should reflect the
    piety and respect with which we receive Our Lord.

BOUTS, Dirck Christ Blessing, detail from the
Altarpiece of the Last Supper 1464-68 St.
Peter's, Lovaina, Belgium
5. Thanksgiving after Communion
  • Jesus remains in the Eucharist out of His love
    for us. The best way to receive Him is to prepare
    well for Communion, and, conscious of the gift we
    receive, to thank Him, not only in the moment of
    Communion, but also during the day.
  • After Communion we should stay in the church or
    chapel giving Him thanks, at least for a few

DA VARALLO, Tanzio (1580-1635) St. Carlo Borromeo
Giving Communion To The Plague Victims Oil on
canvas, 1611-1612 Private collection
6. The obligation of receiving Communion and the
need to do it frequently
  • Christ said If you do not eat the flesh of the
    Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life
    in you (John 653). Consequently, the Church
    stipulates in its third precept that all
    Christians who have attained the use of reason
    have to receive Communion at least once a year
    and during Easter time.
  • It is also an obligation to receive Communion in
    danger of death. In this case, Communion is
    received as Viaticum, which means as
    preparation for the journey to eternal life.
  • This is no more than the least we can do, and
    should be understood as such. That is why the
    Church encourages us to receive Our Lord
    frequently, even daily. If some day we cannot
    receive Communion, it is good to make a Spiritual

Jean Béraud (1849-1936) First Communion Oil on
canvas 21 3/4 x 25 7/8 inches (55.3 x 66
cm) Private collection
Resolutions for Christian life
Resolutions to move forward
  • Make a firm resolution to always receive
    Communion with the due dispositions.
  • Remain a few minutes after Mass giving thanks for
    having received Jesus.