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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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Why the differences between the Maundy Thursday Mandatum and the Eucharist?

The two links below are examples of many, many Roman Catholic resources explaining the origin, significance, and liturgical format of foot washing (The Mandatum) which takes place during Maundy ...
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Is it possible to receive the full effects of the Catholic Spiritual Communion if one is being distanced from the Communion due to being gay?

The liturgical practices during Covid-19 pandemic bring into spotlight the ancient practice of the Catholic Spiritual Communion and interesting thing is said about it: In 1983, the Congregation for ...
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What measures do Catholic dioceses take at Mass during viral outbreaks?

What changes are made at Masses around the world because of outbreaks like the Covid-19/Coronovirus outbreak? For the last two weeks I've noticed a few changes, but we don't do communion in both ...
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How do Protestants who do not hold Communion/Eucharist every week interpret Acts 2:42?

Acts 2:40-42 And with very many other words did he testify and exhort them, saying: Save yourselves from this perverse generation. 41 They therefore that received his word, were baptized; and there ...
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Is St. Paul celebrating the Holy Eucharist different from the Holy Mass of the Catholic Church?

In the Catholic Church, the celebration of the Holy Mass, the bread is just a small host and just a small quantity of wine. In the scriptures, in letter to the Corinthians, it would seems that the ...
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Under what conditions does the Catholic Church explicitly call the laity extraordinary ministers?

Under what conditions does the Catholic Church explicitly call the laity extraordinary ministers? Extraordinary ministers are seen in almost every parish. For the most part, they help the parish ...
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Can a Catholic be denied communion for the way they want to receive Communion?

I was at a gathering of group leaders for the Federation of North American Explorers, (a group operating under the FSE; a Vatican approved lay association of the faithful). A leader from Quebec said ...
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According to Catholicism, can demons force or misguide you into receiving communion?

I was listening to Father Rippergers online sermon about communion. He said, the demons force to receive communion even when you have not repented. He also said receiving communion if you have not ...
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What should a seminarian who is commanded to distribute communion do? [closed]

What is a seminarian suppose to do if his superior commands him to distribute communion regularly and there is no real necessity for him to distribute communion? Should he be disobedient?
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According to Catholicism, does Welch’s Grape Juice constitute valid matter for the consecration of the Mass?

According to Catholicism, does the usage of Welch’s Grape Juice constitute valid matter for the consecration of the Eucharist at a Catholic Mass? Some priests who are alcoholics may obtain a ...
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Late for Mass, can I still receive the Eucharist?

I got to Mass late yesterday (like at the start of the Homily during a weekday mass, so really only about 7 minutes - because of an unexpected detour) and I told my wife that we shouldn't go up for ...
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What are the “common-place utensils” that SSPX says occur in a Novus Ordo mass?

In "What is wrong with the Novus Ordo Missae?" on the official SSPX website, the following statement is made (emphasis mine): Let us first examine the elements of the Novus Ordo Missae. Some are ...
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Why do the faithful have to say “And with your spirit ” in the Catholic Mass?

In the Catholic Holy Mass (Ordinary Form of the Mass in the Latin rite), the prayer for peace is said more than once . But, when the priest says "Peace be with you"the faithful respond by saying "And ...
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Is partaking of the Holy Eucharist the key to incorruptibility of the saints?

The Incorruptibles by Joan Caroll Cruz has many stories about incorruptible saints. These saints with incorruptible bodies are Catholic, and I never heard any Protestant, other non-Catholic ...
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How do we know the Sacrament of Communion as practiced in the Catholic Church was instituted at the Last Supper?

Communion is a common practice in the Roman Catholic Church. The tradition has a long history. Jesus kept the Passover since He followed the law. But there are Jewish traditions during Passover where ...
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Can a priest give a Mass in American Sign Language (ASL)? What does he do when he is supposed to lift up the Eucharist while speaking in ASL?

Part of the mass involves the priest lifting up the Eucharist and saying the following aloud: Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to ...
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According to the Methodist Church, is white grape juice an acceptable alternative in communion?

A Methodist Church has changed from regular grape juice to white grape juice to keep stains from the carpet. Is this a valid Methodist traditional usage? Are there any historical sources explaining ...
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Does the Eastern Orthodox Church acknowledge the validity a self-started Eucharists?

Let's say on some island in Oceania the locals one day found a King James version (or any other version in their own language) and believed into Christ, started having regular meetings, in which they ...
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What happens if a host is dropped during communion? (Catholic)

At around 1:15:05 of the movie Therese (based on the life of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, late XIX century), we can see the host being dropped and then put in a piece of cloth and taken away. This seems ...
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Is it allowed to receive the Precious Blood before the Body of Christ in a Catholic Mass?

I've never seen such a reversal of orders, but I wonder if it is allowed by the regulation of the rites. For example, the official norms about communion in the US seem not to make mention on the order,...
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The earliest assertion in Christianity that abiding in Christ is only possible through Eucharist

When was the first statement made and by whom in Christianity that abiding in Christ is only possible through Eucharist? I only found such statement made by Cyprian. Was there anyone who said the ...
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What is the earliest instance of Eucharistic adoration?

Eucharistic adoration is a practice in Catholicism in which the Eucharist, being bread that has literally turned into the body of Christ, is publicly displayed. Commonly, it is placed in a monstrance ...
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How are the bread and wine explained by those who forbid images of Jesus?

This question is directed at those who subscribe to the Westminster Standards, particularly Westminster Larger Catechism 109, which reads: The sins forbidden in the second commandment are [...] the ...
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Common arguments in support of the partaking of the divine nature being possible only through Eucharist

How do those Christians who believe that believers' partaking of the divine nature that Apostle Peter was talking about in 2 Pet. 1:4 is possible only through Eucharist prove that? What are their main ...
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Seeking source of a Calvin quote regarding wine in communion

In my denomination (Free Methodist) and a number of other protestant denominations, grape juice is used for communion rather than wine. There is (of course) a longstanding back-and-forth between ...
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Is the Eucharist of non-Porvoo Lutheran church valid in the churches of Porvoo Communion?

Porvoo communion is the full Eucharistic communion of Lutheran churches of Northern Europe, but the Lutheran Church of Latvia is only observer in this communion. I understand that the Lutheran Church ...
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How does one go to Confession before receiving the Eucharist if I am not Catholic?

So, I want to become a Catholic and so from what I have gathered, just go through the Eucharist. However I am pretty sure I have committed a few mortal sins and so cannot go through the Eucharist. ...
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Are Catholics allowed to drink coconut water during the hour before they take communion?

I know they are not allowed to consume anything but water and medicine during the hour before they take communion. In addition to the fasts mentioned above, Roman Catholics must also observe the ...
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Do Preterists observe “the Eucharist”?

Since Preterism teaches that the son of man has already come is it safe to infer that they also consider "the Lord's Supper" to be obsolete as well?: [1Co 11:26 CSB] 26 For as often as you eat this ...
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According to Catholics (and Mark 7:19) what happens to Jesus' flesh after it is ingested? [duplicate]

According to a commentary by Thomas Aquinas, [pita] bread (and I suppose those extremely leavened (aerated) wafers) become "the indestructible flesh of God, the Son": ...The food that sustains the ...
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Do Catholics eat the substance of the Father during “communion”?

The reason I am raising this question is not so much to understand communion as to understand: "one substance with the Father" (since that seems at odds with Hebrews 1:1-3 to me) "consubstantiation" "...
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Is a Roman Catholic ever permitted to take the Anglican Eucharist?

According to the Catholic catechisms or canon law, is it ever canonically acceptable or lawful for a Roman Catholic to take of the Anglican communion?
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Why do literalist Protestants reject transubstantiation?

In both Orthodox Christianity and Catholicism, the words of Jesus, "This is My body" and "This is My blood" referring to communion bread and wine, respectively, are taken literally, and ...
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Is there a different way (without spoon) to receive Holy Communion in the Orthodox Church?

Orthodox Churches (including Greek Catholics) distribute Holy Communion with a single spoon used without cleaning for the whole community. I find this practice unhygienic. Are there different ways ...
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The degrees of efficacy in the Eucharistic Celebration

The Catholic Church teaches infallibly that the Eucharist is a sacrifice that is necessary to consume to attain salvation, as an airplane is necessary to cross great distances. Gospel of St. John ...
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What Christian groups do not observe or celebrate the Eucharist?

Are there any groups who identify as Christian but who do not celebrate/observe the Eucharist?
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Is the Mass seen as a sacrifice in the Lutheran Church?

Acording to Wikipedia the Mass is seen as a sacrifice in the Lutheran Chruch, just like it is in the Eastern Orthodox and Catholic Churches. However, I think this is wrong, I'm pretty sure from ...
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What is the rationale for not making the Sign of the Cross after receiving Communion?

I was taught that is was an unnecessary act to make the Sign of the Cross after receiving communion and that what you just did (receiving Jesus) took precedence over signing yourself. What is the ...
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How does Roman Catholicism justify a literal meaning of 'Hoc est meum corpus'?

The words :- τουτο εστιν το σωμα μου το υπερ υμων διδομενον [Stephanus 1550/Elzevir 1624] this is my body which is given for you [KJV 1769 Luke 22:19] and, particularly : hoc est meum ...
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On the Eucharist and Human Digestion?

My Question: Does the real presence of the Eucharist persist even after digestion to the point of being taken out of the body by defecation? Yes this is a serious question. In case the answer is no, ...
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How were the blood globules of Lanciano weighed?

A long time ago (before I have left RCC) a priest had addressed my doubts about the reality of presence of Christ in Host with the "numerous examples of Eucharistic miracles". The miracles had been: ...
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Is a mass interruption a standard procedure in case of a supposed Eucharistic miracle?

I have read several stories about Eucharistic miracles and it seems the mass is always interrupted on such event. Is it a standard procedure (as for 4th June 2018) or is it up to the priest? More ...
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Transubstantiation and John 6:27

Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him." NKJV John 6:27 I ...
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Where did the rule regarding abstaining from Communion after divorce originate?

I am told that in the Orthodox Church, when someone gets divorced, because it is the breaking of the covenant of marriage, they must go without taking Communion for a certain amount of time. After ...
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What is the relationship between the mass and the cross in precise terms?

I have read that during a mass the sacrifice of the cross is "re-presented" which is to say "presented again", which implies that the single sacrifice of the cross is just neatly packaged up and ...
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Why did early Christians believe in the Real Presence?

I'd imagine that if Christ directly taught the doctrine of the Real Presence, then one of the Gospels would have recorded it. So given that fact that it isn't directly taught, let us assume for the ...
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Lutheran response to non-literalist interpretation of the Lord's Supper

What is the Lutheran response to the argument made by some, that Christ couldn't have meant "this is my body" in a literal sense, since he was himself bodily present in the midst of the disciples, in ...
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How do priests choose who is going to be the main celebrant at Mass?

When there's lots of priests in a parish or visiting priests, how do priests decide which one is going to be the main celebrant and which one is going to concelebrate (or just appear before Communion)?...
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Who were the Celebrants of the Eucharist in the Early Church?

Someone who was knowledge told me years ago, that during the Eucharist that all participants are the celebrants and that the priest presides over the liturgy. Additionally, I have participated in ...
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(Catholic perspective) Why was the Jesus body consumed at the Last Supper due to transsubstantiation was not mentioned to Thomas? [closed]

My question is inspired by the top answer to this question, according to which transubstantiation (that the bread and the wine literally became the flesh and blood of Jesus) also occurred on the last ...

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