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The answer is: "more than likely not". Catholics do allow others to take part in the Holy Communion, but they maintain tight restrictions on this. Guidelines for the Reception of Communion For Other Christians ... Because Catholics believe that the celebration of the Eucharist is a sign of the reality of the oneness of faith, life, and ...


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The only safe thing to do is to ask the priest beforehand. To willingly participate in someone else's communion when they would say "no" if they knew your story is offensive. As a result, the only option I see is to ask them. If you explain your position, and that you are [insert denomination here], but visiting their congregation with your friends, is it ...


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Yes, Catholics do believe that the bread and wine are transformed into the body and blood. Sort of. The "sort of" is because the technicalities of it go back to Aristotelian philosophy, which greatly influenced Thomas Aquinas, who is still in many ways the preeminent theologian of the Catholic Church. Before we get to Aquinas, though, let's look at the ...


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You are correct that most Protestants do not see the bread and wine as anything more than symbols. There is no blessing that is ever attempted to transform the elements into the literal body and blood of Christ. Consequently, the bread and wine (or juice) that could be stored for long periods of time prior to the observance of the Eucharist (the Lord's ...


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tldr version: It is not normally permissible by Cannon law for you to partake of the bread and wine. However, you can still join the communion line and indicate you would like a blessing by placing your index finger over your lips (similar to shhing someone) or by crossing your arms over your chest in the shape of an 'X' when you approach the minister. The ...


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On the Meaning of Transubstantial To me, the prefix "trans" is the key. Transformation is change of form Transmutation is change of shape Transfiguration is change of appearance Transubstantiation is the change of substance. While often one will be related to another, it does not follow that there is a co-dependence. So, while it is possible that ...


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As you note, there are lots of different traditions here. My ancestry is Scottish and some old Scottish churches only celebrate communion once a year. I've looked through the some liturgies for these services that basically run all day, and it's quite an affair. I have even heard it advocated that once in a life-time ought to do the job, sort of like ...


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Per 1 Corinthians 11:25 (NIV) 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” (emphasis added, obviously) This seems to indicate that it was the third cup. Here is a much larger article about it. This is presuming that it was the ...


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The United Methodist Church is a denomination that uses grape juice instead of wine. I am using them as an example because their reason is explicitly stated in the Book of Worship: Although the historic and ecumenical Christian practice has been to use wine, the use of unfermented grape juice by The United Methodist Church and its predecessors since the ...


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Side note: The issue isn't really about the doctrine of sola scriptura, but rather about literalism. "Sola scriptura" is a term used by Protestants to mean that we believe scripture is the only ultimate authority, as opposed to Catholic doctrines that the teachings of the Church fathers have equivalent or comparable authority to scripture. But nothing in ...


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An accidental spill of the Precious Blood can be cleaned up by soaking it up by placing a "purificator" which is a linen specially reserved to come into contact with the consecrated wine (one can use multiple of this linens depending the quantity of liquid) and then soaking them back in water do dissolve or dilute the Precious Blood. Then it can be poured ...


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Transubstantiation relies on the Aristotelian distinction between essence and accidents. From the linked Wikipedia article: Catholic theologians such as Thomas Aquinas have employed the Aristotelian concepts of substance and accident in articulating the theology of the Eucharist, particularly the transubstantiation of bread and wine into body and ...


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There's an article here that covers the history of intinction quite extensively. (I apologize that it's a PDF reference. It's the best article I could find.) The article starts out like this: The common wisdom among opponents of intinction is that it arose after the doctrine of transubstantiation, and was a method of preventing Christ's blood ...


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John's Gospel does not contain many of the things recorded in the Synoptics, including the Sermon on the Mount, the Transfiguration, the virgin birth, the Great Commission, and the Ascension. In fact, the only miracle outside of the Resurrection that appears in both the Synoptic gospels and John's gospel is the feeding of the 5,000. This doesn't mean that ...


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Symbolic meaning of the bread and wine JW's do not accept transubstantiation (the unyeasted bread means/symbolizes Jesus' perfect and sinless body and the wine represents his blood he sacrificed to save humankind from the sinful state inherited by Adam and to seal the second covenant). The biblical verses in the New World Translation (NWT), the ...


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The reason for the different traditions of frequency of communion is that there are a wide variety of views within Christianity about what communion actually is. It is so widely disagreed over that Christians often can't agree over what name to call it. The different theologies give rise to different practices of communion, including different frequencies. ...


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One aspect I don't see addressed in other posts is the significance of bread and wine. Yes, it's because that's what Jesus said to do, but he did not merely pick to random substances to represent himself. Although I would argue that John 6 does not have sacramental overtones in mind per se, we do see Jesus using bread to represent himself. A couple of ...


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My new understanding of the Last Supper is mostly based on the information at http://www.therefinersfire.org/celebrating_passover.htm. The key verses which indicate that Christ was actually crucified on the day before the Passover feast are John 18:28 and John 19:14. John 18:28 NIV Then the Jewish leaders took Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of the ...


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Prior to the advent of pasteurization, fermentation was something which happened in all grape juice whether a fermenting agent was consciously introduced or not (and it happened with relative immediacy). The last supper, then, would have had wine and not plain grape juice. It is also noteworthy to point out that wine, unless something bizarre has occurred, ...


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The LDS church proscribes wine (or any alcoholic beverage, really), so water is used instead, although it doesn't matter what is used for the symbols of the sacrament, according to Doctrine and Covenants in the LDS canon: D&C 27:2 2 For, behold, I say unto you, that it mattereth not what ye shall eat or what ye shall drink when ye partake of the ...


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It seems that regulations and opinions on this are varied. It depends (very strongly) on the denomination and what they believe. Key Verse: I'll put this here for later reference: 1 Corinthians 11:27-28 (NIV) 27 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 ...


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This is the analogy that Jesus chose at his last supper. Matt 26:26-29 (NIV) 26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” 27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 ...


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Two things are clear from scripture: The "last supper" was in fact a passover meal. Multiple references in Mark 14, Matthew 26 and Luke 22 make it clear that the disciples prepared a passover meal. In Matthew Jesus says "I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house." In Luke it reads "So they prepared the Passover. When the hour ...


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Communion under Both Kinds article at Catholic Encyclopedia has answer to both of your questions Does anyone know when this practice first became accepted? During early times public Communion in the churches was received under both kinds. But side by side with the regular liturgical usage of Communion, there existed from the earliest times the custom of ...


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Most adherents of sola scriptura are memorialist in their understanding of the Eucharist. This means they believe Jesus was using a metaphor (albeit one God had intentionally set up beforehand). In the same way that the Scapegoat prefigured Christ*, or the Rock that Moses beat instead of struck prefigured Christ, so too the bread in the Passover prefigured ...


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John Wesley favored the spiritual presence view, as demonstrated primarily through his writings, but also in his hymns. Writings First of all, John Wesley explicitly rejected transubstantiation: [N]o such change of the bread into the body of Christ can be inferred from his words, "This is my body." [...] [T]hat they are not to be taken literally is ...


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Communion with bread and wine is common in most Christian denominations, although it can mean different things to different denominations (see What do different denominations mean when they talk about the Real Presence in the Eucharist?). The bread and wine are from the Last Supper. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_Supper The Last Supper is the final ...


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According to Catholic teachings on this topic? Generally no (as others have referenced). Would a particular priest be stupid and allow it? Maybe - some didn't have the best priestly formation. Would it be good for you spiritually? No. The most compassionate explanation I've heard is this: When you go up to receive communion the priest says "Body of ...


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Per @awe and @Jamess, there are really two sides of this. It can go either way. Are you breaking your fast? Yes. You truly are. But you have to question: Why am I fasting? If you are fasting in order to grow closer to God and find reliance only on him, then taking communion would not necessarily be bad. Since communion is meant to draw us to God, ...



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