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A sacrament initiated by Jesus where his followers remember his death on the cross by eating bread and wine

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What options does an Anglican have for disposing of very old consecrated elements?

Suppose that I have inherited responsibility for a Church of England ambrey which contains some very old consecrated wafers of bread. Ordinarily bread and wine once consecrated should be reverently ...
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How can Catholics who adhere to Eucharistic Miracles claim the distinction between substance and accidents?

The question of “are Catholics cannibals due to their view on transubstantiation” question cropped up quite some time ago. The top answer on this question makes a distinction between substance and ...
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What sort of latitude is afforded a parish in terms of the bread used in the Eucharist, according to the Catholic Church?

According to the Catholic Church, what sort of latitude is afforded a parish in terms of the bread used in the Eucharist? For example, would it be allowed for a parish to use homemade whole wheat ...
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Who is the earliest theologian arguing for a 'memorial ordinance' theory of the Eucharist as opposed to a 'real presence sacramental' one?

The Catholic, Orthodox, and some Protestant denominations hold to an idea of the 'real presence' when it comes to the Eucharist. Catholics understand this in terms of 'transubstantiation', Orthodox ...
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Have any prominent theologians or Biblical academics argued that the original Eucharistic meals contained psychoactive properties beyond normal wine?

Brian Muraresku's The Immortality Key argues that the original Eucharistic meal contained psychoactive ingredients that facilitated certain kinds of experiences. He cites in particular John 6:55 &...
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When did small bite-sized portions become the norm for Communion?

In most churches nowadays, Communion involves a sip or small cup of wine or juice along with a wafer or bite-sized piece of bread. This seems different from Communion as described in the gospels and 1 ...
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Must you have completed your confirmation to be able to go to confession?

Is somebody who was christened a Catholic but didn't complete their Confirmation/First Holy Communion still allowed to go to confession with a Catholic priest to confess a sin, repent and ask for ...
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How does the Eastern Orthodox Church view and understand the Eucharist/Communion that takes place in Protestant churches?

When a Protestant congregation meets together and claim to eat the Bread and drink the Wine of the Body and Blood of Christ Jesus, how does the Eastern Orthodox Church view and understand such eating ...
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How do those who hold to a view of open communion practice church discipline?

In the news recently is a discussion in the Roman Catholic Church about not giving Holy Communion to certain politicians who argue that 3rd trimester infants in utero are not to be acknowledged as ...
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If someone is barred from receiving communion by their own Bishop, what are the consequences of continuing to receive it outside their diocese?

According to this article, U.S. politician Nancy Pelosi has continued to receive communion in another diocese despite being forbidden from doing so in her own diocese by her Archbishop. Is this ...
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What is the biblical basis for denying the Lord's Supper to those in mortal sin?

Recently, Nanci Pelosi was barred from receiving Eucharist by the Catholic Church, due to her public stance on abortion which contradicts the Catholic faith, considered a mortal sin by the Church. ...
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Theoretically, could a lay person, by virtue of their baptism, validly consecrate Holy Eucharist?

Does the ability to validly consecrate Eucharist come from our baptism? Does ordination add an extra power not given in baptism? Or is ordination simply the act of setting aside a baptized person for ...
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What does the "Paschal mystery" mean in the Catholic Church?

The Catholic Church often refers to the Mass, or the Sacrifice of the Mass, as the "Paschal Mystery", a reflection on the events that took place in the near vicinity of Jesus' crucifixion. ...
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Are there any compelling reasons to prevent a layperson from administering the bread and wine in accordance with 1 Corinthians 11:17-34?

Are there any compelling reasons to prevent a layperson from administering the bread and wine in accordance with 1 Corinthians 11:17-34? I ask because our little fellowship (only 25 members) is ...
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When did the practice of administration of Holy Communion to the faithful on daily basis originate?

It is evident from the history of the Church that the frequency of administering of Holy Communion to the faithful varied from time to time. I wish to know when and on what basis, the present ...
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When did the Catholic Church decide 'daily bread" is its Eucharist?

The Catholic Church Catechism defines daily bread is Eucharist (p 2837), but I have searched the early church in vain to find this definition. When did the Catholic Church decide that Jesus meant give ...
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What is the Catholic view of the bread of the presence and its relation to the Eucharist?

I was just curious if there was a catholic view on a relationship between the bread of the presence and the Eucharist? Here’s Leviticus 24:5-7 for reference: “You shall take fine flour and bake ...
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How do Protestants interpret "Give us this day our daily bread"?

Disclaimer: I understand that there is no monolithic Protestant belief on any topic except a protestation of the Catholic Church. That being said - I would appreciate it if this answer contained some ...
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What does a returning Catholic who contracted marriage in a Protestant church need to do when the spouse wants to remain Protestant?

The Background A baptized and confirmed Catholic married a Protestant in a Protestant church without permission. About the marriage: The marriage covenant was made with the full understanding of ...
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Multiple marriages and divorces

I have been married 3 times and divorced twice. My 3rd husband died of cancer. All marriages were not in the Catholic Church. Now returning to my Catholic faith after 4 decades, am I allowed to ...
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What is the biblical basis for giving the bread/wafer to the laity at the Eucharist but reserving the wine for the clergy? [duplicate]

From my research I have discovered that traditional Catholic practice forbade congregants from partaking of the cup for fear they might spill or drip the blood of Christ, and then it would be trampled ...
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Is it impossible for Jesus to hold himself in his own hand?

As part of a refutation of the Real Presence in the Eucharist, the author claims (with his own emphasis): It is not possible since Jesus would be holding himself in his own hand (when He said, “this ...
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How do denominations which do not believe in transubstantiation, view 1 Cor 10 : 16-17?

We read in 1 Cor 10:16-17 (ISV): The cup of blessing that we bless is our fellowship in the blood of the Messiah, isn’t it? The bread that we break is our fellowship in the body of the Messiah, isn’t ...
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Has there been any discussion in the Catholic Church about whether hand sanitizer profanes the Host?

Quite often, people use hand sanitizer before distributing the Host. Indeed, sometimes you can taste the hand sanitizer. Has there been any discussion in the Catholic Church about whether this ...
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Is it better to receive communion in the hand or on the tongue?

According to Catholic Theology and Tradition, is one method of receiving Holy Communion (in the hand vs on the tongue) more perfect than another? Or are both equal?
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Is communion in the hand a liturgical abuse?

This question is specific to the Novus Ordo in the Roman Catholic Church. Communion in the hand is not allowed in the Extraordinary Form. It seems that receiving communion in the hand is a liturgical ...
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What are the theological implications of distributing Communion under one kind only? [duplicate]

When I attended my first Catholic mass some time in November, I noticed that the priest only distributed the Holy Eucharist under the species of bread, not wine. Upon further research, I learned this ...
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What is the Catholic view of water being turned into wine at Cana?

What is the Catholic view related to the wedding of Cana being a type of foreshadowing of pre-consecrated wine being turned into the blood of Christ at the time of Eucharistic consecration?
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Would sherry do for an Anglican (Church of England)?

Anglicans customarily take a specially produced red wine as part of the service of Holy Communion. For small churches and congregations a fortified wine such as sherry will keep its condition once ...
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Are any written instructions to deal with accidental spilling of the Blessed Sacrament of Blood of Christ on the Altar or aisle?

One comes across, during the Liturgy, occasions where the Holy Communion slips from the hand of the Celebrant while it is being administered to the faithful. He carefully picks it up and restores to ...
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Attending Catholic mass after many years away

Say there's a once-Catholic adult who is considering attending a Catholic mass. This person was baptized Catholic as a baby, and received first communion when a child. This person did not go through ...
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Is there any evidence that in the middle ages (France and maybe Spain), there was a wafer/bread given to the priests as a gift for the priest?

Is there any evidence that in the middle ages (specifically in France and maybe Spain), there was a wafer/bread given to the priests as a gift for the priest and not given to be used for Eucharist?
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Did anyone before Jesus go to Heaven and Will They Be Raised Up On the Last Day? (John 6)

I am deeply troubled in this matter of Soteriology and Eschatology. John 6:52-59 52 The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 53 So Jesus said to ...
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What is the Protestant view on Eucharistic miracles?

From the Wikipedia article on Eucharistic miracles: In Christianity, a Eucharistic miracle is any miracle involving the Eucharist. In the Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Eastern Orthodox, Methodist, ...
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Why do some Catholics avoid communion at Novus Ordo masses?

Is there a consensus among some traditionalists in the Catholic Church that it is not licit to receive communion at a Novus Ordo mass? Even an otherwise solemn Mass proclaimed by the Bishop of the ...
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According to the Catholic Church is it offensive to dress as a Catholic priest and perform “communion”?

In the context of a conversation about cultural appropriation, I was trying to convey to another person how offensive it can be to see one’s cultural traditions turned into a performance by someone ...
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When to approach the Communion rail?

When exactly are the faithful supposed to approach the Communion rail? Immediately after the priest genuflects after receiving the Host, immediately after he genuflects after receiving the Precious ...
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What is the Protestant understanding of the Greek "anamnesis" and "poieo" in Luke 22:19?

The Roman-Catholic Church argues that Christ has established the ministerial priesthood (as distinct from the priesthood of all believers, cf. 1 Peter 2:9), at the first supper. Particularly, ...
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How do priests judge who they can distribute Communion to?

A recent article in the National Catholic Register reported an exchange between Mike Allen on HBO and Cardinal Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development: “Do ...
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According to the Catholic Church, can a priest hear a confession over a phone? [duplicate]

The Sacrament of Confession is central to Catholic practice, being closely tied to the Sacrament of Holy Communion. During a time of Covid-related lock-down measures and mandates restricting when, ...
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Is the Eucharist more holy than the other Sacraments in the Catholic Church?

From a recent New York Times article, (emphasis added): Some conservatives want to use such a statement as theological justification to deny communion to Mr. Biden and Catholic politicians like him ...
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What is Christianity's views on real cannibalism? [duplicate]

I present first these three following ideas: Transubstantiation (Latin: transubstantiatio; Greek: μετουσίωσις metousiosis) is, according to the teaching of the Catholic Church, "the change of ...
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Why should communion be "closed"?

Both the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) and the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) and other denominations have restrictions upon who is allowed to take communion alongside current members. Even ...
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In Reformed theology, where are baptism and the Lord's supper in the ordo salutis?

Baptism and the Lord's supper are means of grace in Reformed theology, but yet we don't see it explicitly mentioned in Calvinist ordo salutis. According to one Reformed pastor writing for the ...
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What does it mean "...blood that will be shed by many of you for the forgiveness of sins"?

The priest during Mass, always says this while on the Eucharist, Holy communion time, when the bell rings, and one kneels. What exactly does this mean for people?
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What is the most important tradition in the Catholic Church?

I am doing a school project on Sacred Tradition and was wondering what Catholics view the most important Sacred Tradition to be. I was thinking that it would be Eucharist because it is the actual body ...
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According to Catholic Church, did the Eucharistic celebration of Early Church consist of an entire meal?

We see St. Paul chastising the Corinthians for improper behavior during the Eucharistic meals, in 1 Cor 11:21-29 (NRSVCE): When you come together, it is not really to eat the Lord’s supper. For when ...
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Could a Catholic Church minister distribute communion to the community while churches are closed?

All the Catholic churches where I live have been closed for some time. Is there a mechanism for the distribution of the eucharist to the community (such as extraordinary ministers), even while ...
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Does a priest have to consume the Eucharist no matter the state of his soul?

Can a priest decide not to consume the Eucharist during mass if in doubt whether he is in mortal sin? We know he still has the power to change the host and wine into Christ's body no matter the state ...
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Can families do their own communion service with the sacrament being valid as a means of grace?

In Protestant denominations where the practice of the Lord's Supper / Holy Communion is considered a means of grace (instead of 100% remembrance / memorial), can a head of family celebrate the Lord's ...
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