Sadly many Catholics are receiving the Holy Communion in these 3 improper ways
Not Being In A State of Grace at The Time of Reception of the Eucharist.
What does it mean to be in a state of grace?
The Catholic Dictionary defines State Of Grace as Condition of a person who is free from mortal sin and pleasing to God. It is the state of being in God’s friendship and the necessary condition of the soul at death in order to attain heaven.
In 1 Corinthians 11:27 Apostle Paul wrote “So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.”
So we see that it is a sin actually it is a mortal sin to receive the Holy Eucharist when we have some form of mortal sin attached to us. The Church teaches that it is a sacrilege.
- Not Bowing Before Receiving.
The United States Conference of Catholics Bishops in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal states that “When receiving Holy Communion, the communicant bows his or her head before the Sacrament as a gesture of reverence… The sign of reverence is also made before receiving the Precious Blood.” Though the norm in the United States is to receive while standing (after bowing your head), individuals are also allowed to receive while kneeling if they so choose (GIRM 160).
So we see that it is a sign of reverence to bow before we receive the Holy Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ which is Jesus Himself.
- Not Saying “Amen” After Reception of Holy Communion.
In the Order of Mass, it is written “After the priest has reverently consumed the Body and Blood of Christ the communicants come forward in reverent procession, and make a preparatory act of reverence by bowing their head in honour of Christ’s presence in the Sacrament. They receive Holy Communion standing.”
The Priest says:
The Body (Blood) of Christ.
The communicant replies:
So next time you receive the Body and Blood of Our LORD Jesus Christ at the Mass, please remember to say Amen if you had not been doing so.
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