As we have just celebrated the Feast of Corpus Christi, this would be an appropriate time to remind ourselves of the proper reception of the Eucharist. It is in Holy Communion that we RECEIVE; the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Christ is truly present Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in the Holy Eucharist under the appearance of bread and wine. It is a REAL Presence, not a symbolic presence. In order to receive this great gift of love from Christ, we must do so worthily:
Be free from mortal sin - In order to receive Holy Communion worthily, we must not be conscious of mortal sin on our soul. If we have committed a mortal sin, then we must confess our sins in the Sacrament of Penance prior to the reception of Holy Communion.
Preparation - We should prepare spiritually for Mass for the moment we receive Our Lord in Holy Communion. This is done by coming to Mass early, praying in preparation, listening attentively to the readings, and actively participating at Mass.
Fasting - To prepare well prior to Mass, we are to abstain from any food or drink, with the exception only of water and medicine, for at least the period of one hour before the reception of Holy Communion.
Reverence - We have the option of receiving Holy Communion standing or kneeling. The choice is yours. As the person in front of you is receiving Holy Communion, bow your head as a sign of reverence.
Two Options - We have the option of receiving Holy Communion on the tongue or in the hands. If we receive on the tongue, we should open our mouths sufficiently to allow the priest or minister to place the Host on the tongue. If we receive on the hands, we should place the open palm of our left hand over out right hand (in the form of a throne). After having the Host placed in our hands, we step to the side and place the Host in our mouth with our other hand. We Should NEVER grab the host from the hands of the priest or minister but rather wait until it is placed in our hands.
Response - The response when the priest or minister says, “The Body of Christ” is “Amen”
Thanksgiving - Once we have returned to our seats and kneel or sit, we should make a proper act of thanksgiving thanking Our Lord for the great gift of His Body and Blood.