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The basis for the worship of the Blessed Sacrament, promoted and practiced in Roman Catholicism, is that what appears to be "bread" is actually the body of the second person of the trinity, Jesus Christ. So while it appears that the devout may be worshipping bread, they are, in fact worshiping, or venerating God. Veneration of the Blessed Sacrament is ...


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In the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham (whose territory is Great Britain), the following apply. The document was issued under the name of the Ordinary, with the approval of the Holy See: The Distribution of Holy Communion In keeping with the Anglican tradition, it is highly commended that Holy Communion ...


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Receiving Communion on the tongue and kneeling has always been and still is the norm for Catholics. The founders of Protestantism (Luther, Cranmer, et al.) advocated Communion in the hand to emphasize, against Catholic teaching, that a consecrated Host is just bread (Deus panis factus). John Paul II wrote in Dominicæ Cenæ that To touch the sacred ...


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In the US, what are the guidelines on how one should receive Holy Communion? Those who receive Communion may receive either in the hand or on the tongue, and the decision should be that of the individual receiving, not of the person distributing Communion. If Communion is received in the hand, the hands should first of all be clean. If one is right ...


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Catholics The main requirement for a Catholic who has received First Communion is that the person must be in a state of grace (the person has been to confession since committing a mortal sin). As for divorced and remarried persons, non-marital intercourse is a mortal sin and divorces are not recognized by the Catholic Church so... The person must also ...


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Pope Pius VIII, Traditi Humilitati (# 4), May 24, 1829: “Jerome used to say it this way: he who eats the Lamb outside this house will perish as did those during the flood who were not with Noah in the ark.” Pope Gregory XVI, Commissum divinitus (# 11), May 17, 1835: “… whoever dares to depart from the unity of Peter might understand that he no longer shares ...


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To say that from Apostolic times the Blessed Sacrament was reserved in the Tabernacle within a church would not be correct There is an opinion among some historians that in the early centuries of the Christian era, say from the first to the fourth, no provision was made to keep the Blessed Sacrament in the churches or in places where the ...


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John 13:14-15 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Some have speculated that this action in the upper room was in response the the disciples argument (recorded in Luke) about who was to be the greatest in the ...


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The ark of the covenant is an old testament type for the Blessed Virgin Mary. Both because of holiness (read: set-aside-ness) and because of what they contained. I think I heard this point from Scott Hahn, but I'm pretty sure its an ancient sort of teaching. The reason that the Bible (the new testament at least) says that the ark contained the Rod of ...


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As far as I can tell, there is no scriptural basis for a Tabernacle with the Blessed Sacrament. The Tabernacle found in Catholic churches follows from the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark was said to hold Manna (See Exodus 16:32). (The new Testament corollary being the Eucharist.) You can see the similarities in design (e.g. the two angels facing each other) ...


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Catholics believe in transubstantiation, The substance of the consecrated host is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ. The worship given to the Blessed Sacrament is divine adoration (latria1). 1324 The Eucharist is "the source and summit of the Christian life."134 "The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of ...


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From the point of view of Catholicism, the first part of this question might be, "Why does anyone at all need to consecrate the Eucharist?" After all, if no one needs to consecrate it, then a fortiori it is not necessary for a priest to consecrate it. As usual, I went to the Summa Theologica to check out what the Church's greatest theologian had to say. I ...



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