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post #21 of 66
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Originally Posted by ChasingPeace View Post
I'm Roman Catholic, but not allowed to receive communion because my dh refuses to get an annulment so our marriage can be convalidated in the Church. So my answer is "never."
I'm so sorry.
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I wanted to also add that LDS folks are asked not to take the sacrament while in a less than worthy state. I was wondering if other religions also had this rule so it's interesting to see. Great thread!
post #22 of 66
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Originally Posted by SquishyBuggles View Post
I was raised in the Lutheran Church, Missouri synod and we took it every other week.
Me too! The non-denom. protestant church we go to does it 1st and 3rd Sunday.
post #23 of 66
i grew up seventh-day adventist. we did it four times a year and included foot-washing. gender-segregated foot washing, lol, although some sda churches now have the ladies' footwashing room, the men's, and a room for couples/families. i've never heard an explanation for why adventists don't do communion at every service as instructed (imo), and i personally can't buy "keeping it special" as a reason.

i'm no longer sda and rarely participated in communion because as a child someone told me that if you took communion and "weren't really saved" you would die - not adventist teaching but i was told that. the sda church doesn't do infant baptism, so kids don't take the bread and "wine" (grape juice) but can do the footwashing. i guess i just found all of it to be foreign and creepy because it was done so infrequently - but now i would actually appreciate the ritual aspect of it.
post #24 of 66
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Originally Posted by magstphil View Post
I wanted to also add that LDS folks are asked not to take the sacrament while in a less than worthy state. I was wondering if other religions also had this rule so it's interesting to see. Great thread!
Yeah, this is one thing (of many ) that I am not in agreement with. Especially since us faithful Catholics acknowledge that we are not worthy to receive Him, immediately prior to doing so, every time we receive the Eucharist. We also acknowledge that only by His grace are we saved, so to already be in a state of grace would make the Sacrament a moot point. It just doesn't make any sense, IMO ... it's just another way for the Church to keep people from the thing we need most.

Jesus didn't put limits on those who sincerely sought Him. His disciples tried to, but He simply said, "Let the people come to me." We believe that Jesus is, literally, in the Eucharist ... so why we think it is our place to deny Him to anyone I will never understand.
post #25 of 66
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Originally Posted by kapatasana View Post
Wow, I learned something here! In all of the the 18 years I spent attending MAss every week, the 8 years in CCD, and the Communion, Reconciliation, and Confirmation classes I'd never heard that before. Is it once a year in general, or does it have to be a specific Mass (like Easter)?
It's usually Easter.
post #26 of 66
It is nice to see other congregations doing feet washing...

Our whole congregation does it including the ministers... when you line up it just happens to be the person beside you..

We also have segregated seating in church so of course segregated feet washing as well...
post #27 of 66
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Originally Posted by spero View Post
Yeah, this is one thing (of many ) that I am not in agreement with. Especially since us faithful Catholics acknowledge that we are not worthy to receive Him, immediately prior to doing so, every time we receive the Eucharist. We also acknowledge that only by His grace are we saved, so to already be in a state of grace would make the Sacrament a moot point. It just doesn't make any sense, IMO ... it's just another way for the Church to keep people from the thing we need most.

Jesus didn't put limits on those who sincerely sought Him. His disciples tried to, but He simply said, "Let the people come to me." We believe that Jesus is, literally, in the Eucharist ... so why we think it is our place to deny Him to anyone I will never understand.
That statement only forgives venial sins, not mortal sins.

First Epistle Of Saint Paul To The Corinthians 11:27
Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord.

Footnote: "Guilty of the body"... not discerning the body. This demonstrates the real presence of the body and blood of Christ, even to the unworthy communicant; who otherwise could not be guilty of the body and blood of Christ, or justly condemned for not discerning the Lord's body.

It is through Confession that mortal sins are forgiven, and the state of Grace can be attained.
post #28 of 66
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Originally Posted by spero View Post
Yeah, this is one thing (of many ) that I am not in agreement with. Especially since us faithful Catholics acknowledge that we are not worthy to receive Him, immediately prior to doing so, every time we receive the Eucharist. We also acknowledge that only by His grace are we saved, so to already be in a state of grace would make the Sacrament a moot point. It just doesn't make any sense, IMO ... it's just another way for the Church to keep people from the thing we need most.

Jesus didn't put limits on those who sincerely sought Him. His disciples tried to, but He simply said, "Let the people come to me." We believe that Jesus is, literally, in the Eucharist ... so why we think it is our place to deny Him to anyone I will never understand.
Hmmmm.... I do see what you are saying but isn't it a blessing? Shouldn't we strive for it and not just expect it? It has more meaning when you have to work for it- I know this from experience! Not only that but doesn't it make sense that one needs to be in the proper spiritual state (not perfect, mind you, but at very least striving) to really appreciate the great blessing it is? Isn't it something sacred? Do we really want to treat that with a sense of "anything goes"? YKWIM?
post #29 of 66
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Originally Posted by PatienceAndLove View Post
That statement only forgives venial sins, not mortal sins.
I don't believe in sin classification, either.


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Originally Posted by magstphil View Post
Shouldn't we strive for it and not just expect it? It has more meaning when you have to work for it- I know this from experience! Not only that but doesn't it make sense that one needs to be in the proper spiritual state (not perfect, mind you, but at very least striving) to really appreciate the great blessing it is? Isn't it something sacred?
Absolutely. I just don't think that WE have the right to deny that sacred blessing. That's up to the Lord IMO.
post #30 of 66
We need to be properly prepared for communion. Being properly prepared doesn't me we are perfect. But it does mean that we have confessed our sins, our hearts and heads are in the right place, we have fasted before hand, we are not in danger of throwing up immediately after, in some parishes women who are menstruating are asked to refrain from receiving (this has nothing to do with being unclean) as is anyone else with a flow of blood for any reason. I think that is one of the reason we offer it so often though so that if you are not in the proper place to receive communion you can reflect confess, or just wait until you are then it will be there waiting and available.

we do not distinguish sin either, all sin, known and unknown in thought or word or deed all must be confessed before communion. confession and repentance also includes making things right between you and any person you have sinned against. We also acknowledge being unworthy to receive such a blessing and pray that our unworthiness will not hinder us from receiving.
post #31 of 66
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I don't believe in sin classification, either.
wait... what?

So... murdering someone is the same as telling as a teenager telling her mother that she's going to a friends house but really goes to a party?
post #32 of 66
I thought some of you might find these interesting:

Prayers Before Receiving Communion

Prayer of St. John of Damascus
Master and Lord, Jesus Christ our God, You alone have authority to forgive my sins, whether committed knowingly or in ignorance, and make me worthy to receive without condemnation Your divine, glorious, pure and life-giving Mysteries, not for my punishment, but for my purification and sanctification, now and in Your future Kingdom. For You, Christ our God are compassionate and love mankind and to You we give glory with the Father and the Holy Spirit now and forever and ever. Amen.

Prayers Right Before Communion

I believe and confess, Lord, that You are truly the Christ, the Son of the living God, who came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the first. I also believe that this is truly Your pure Body and that this is truly Your precious Blood. Therefore, I pray to You, have mercy upon me, and forgive my transgressions, voluntary and involuntary, in word and deed, known and unknown. And make me worthy without condemnation to partake of Your pure Mysteries for the forgiveness of sins and for eternal life. Amen

How shall I, who am unworthy, enter into the splendor of Your saints? If I dare to enter into the bridal chamber, my clothing will accuse me, since it is not a wedding garment; and being bound up, I shall be cast out by the angels. In Your love, Lord, cleanse my soul and save me.

Loving Master, Lord Jesus Christ, my God, let not these holy Gifts be to my condemnation because of my unworthiness, but for the cleansing and sanctification of soul and body and the pledge of the future life and kingdom. It is good for me to cling to God and to place in Him the hope of my salvation.

Receive me today, Son of God, as a partaker of Your mystical Supper. I will not reveal Your mystery to Your adversaries. Nor will I give You a kiss as did Judas. But as the thief I confess to You: Lord, remember me in Your Kingdom.

Prayers After Receiving Communion

Lord Jesus Christ, my God, now that I have received Your holy Body and Blood, grant me forgiveness of my sins and life everlasting.

I thank You, loving Master, benefactor of my soul, that on this day You have again made me worthy of Your heavenly and immortal mysteries. Direct my way on the right path. Establish me firmly in Your fear. Guard my life. And make my endeavors safe, through the prayers of the glorious Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary and of all Your Saints. Amen.

Lord Jesus Christ my God, let Your sacred Body be unto me for eternal life and Your precious Blood for forgiveness of sins. Let this Eucharist be unto me for joy, health and gladness. And in Your awesome Second Coming make me, a sinner, worthy to stand at the right hand of Your glory; through the intercessions of Your pure Mother and of all Your Saints. Amen.
post #33 of 66
The Baptist churches here that I am familiar with are Seperate Baptist and Missionary Baptist both of those only do it once a year.

They have both the eating of the bread & drinking of the grape juice, the Seperate Baptis church also adds the foot washing. It is dont once a year because Jesus only did it the one time with his Deciples.

Anyone old enough can take communion as well. I didnt last time I was there when it happened because I didnt fell worthy.
post #34 of 66
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Originally Posted by PatienceAndLove View Post

First Epistle Of Saint Paul To The Corinthians 11:27
Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord.

Footnote: "Guilty of the body"... not discerning the body. This demonstrates the real presence of the body and blood of Christ, even to the unworthy communicant; who otherwise could not be guilty of the body and blood of Christ, or justly condemned for not discerning the Lord's body.
The footnote on this passage in the Catholic Study Bible:

It follows that the only proper way to celebrate the Eucharist is one that corresponds to Jesus' intention, which fits with the meaning of His command to reproduce His action in the proper spirit. If the Corinthians eat and drink unworthily, i.e., without having grasped and internalized the meaning of His death for them, they will have to answer for the body and blood, i.e., will be guilty of a sin against the Lord Himself.

This seems pretty subjective to me, but then I'm biased b/c I don't think that the *Church* should determine who is worthy to receive Eucharist and who is not. I think that Jesus in His infinite wisdom and power can figure that out pretty well, and deal with such accordingly.

I don't expect any of the Catholics here to agree. We've all been over this stuff before.
post #35 of 66
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Originally Posted by spero View Post
The footnote on this passage in the Catholic Study Bible:

It follows that the only proper way to celebrate the Eucharist is one that corresponds to Jesus' intention, which fits with the meaning of His command to reproduce His action in the proper spirit. If the Corinthians eat and drink unworthily, i.e., without having grasped and internalized the meaning of His death for them, they will have to answer for the body and blood, i.e., will be guilty of a sin against the Lord Himself.

This seems pretty subjective to me, but then I'm biased b/c I don't think that the *Church* should determine who is worthy to receive Eucharist and who is not. I think that Jesus in His infinite wisdom and power can figure that out pretty well, and deal with such accordingly.

I don't expect any of the Catholics here to agree. We've all been over this stuff before.
then i shall leave it alone
post #36 of 66
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Originally Posted by spero View Post
I don't believe in sin classification, either.




Absolutely. I just don't think that WE have the right to deny that sacred blessing. That's up to the Lord IMO.
That's where we differ. I think we are the perfect judges of our own closeness to the Lord and whether we are in the right spirit.
post #37 of 66
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Originally Posted by magstphil View Post
That's where we differ. I think we are the perfect judges of our own closeness to the Lord and whether we are in the right spirit.
Actually, I think that maybe we agree. I meant that, while I DO believe that we should decide for ourselves, we don't have the right to decide for others.
post #38 of 66
I'm Anglican, and we have communion once a week. When I was attending the university chapel though, it was offered every day. 100 years ago, it was offered less often, say once a month. There are defiantly cultural changes that account for that.

Of course Protestant churches and apostolic churches don't have the same theology of communion which likely accounts for many of the differences.

As far as the church demanding that people go to confession before communion, I think that the responsibility for this is meant to be on the individual, though the leaders are meant to teach that the responsibility exists. As a pp said, we are not meant to be perfect, but before we take communion we should be intending to do our best to live as God wants us too, and to be sorry for our sins, to recognize how much we need God. So there are things like confession that facilitate that.

A few years ago the RC diocese here changed their policy. They had had a general confession as part of the service so people didn't always have to go to regular confession first. But then NO ONE went. So, they have taken the general confession out. I think there is a certain psychological truth to the idea that it is good to meet with a person as an individual and confess; it has a kind of power to it that does not really exist in the general confession.
post #39 of 66
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Originally Posted by Bluegoat View Post

A few years ago the RC diocese here changed their policy. They had had a general confession as part of the service so people didn't always have to go to regular confession first. But then NO ONE went. So, they have taken the general confession out.
The Penitential Rite is a part of the RC Liturgy Form, and I don't think it can just be arbitrarily removed.
post #40 of 66
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The Penitential Rite is a part of the RC Liturgy Form, and I don't think it can just be arbitrarily removed.
I have no idea what the requirements are; but that is what the archbishop did. Were they in there before the modern liturgy was developed? If they didn't have it in the old form, perhaps it's not a requirement that it be used in the new one?
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