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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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Was Foot Washing a regular practice in early Christianity?

We see in John 13:1-17 Jesus washing the feet of his disciples prior to the Passover meal as an example to be followed by them. He then institutes the Holy Eucharist. While the second part is ...
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Does any Christian denomination use enough wine in the Eucharist that it could show on a breathalyzer test?

Is there any Christian denomination in which members of the congregation are given enough wine in the Eucharist/Communion that their blood alcohol concentration as measured by a breathalyzer would ...
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Are Catholics literally God eaters?

According to Catholic doctrine regarding the Eucharist, the objects that look like bread and wine are instead literally Christ's body, blood, soul and divinity. In which case, when a Catholic eats ...
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Is there a limit to how many hosts a Eucharistic Minister is permitted to carry in one day?

A minister at my church insists that we are only permitted to carry up to 3 hosts at a time. Is there any regulation on this?
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What is the contribution of Cavanagh Altar Bread?

What is Cavanagh Altar Bread? Why do churches in America prefer to use the product for Communion wafers?
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Saints Who Correlated the Prosperity of an Age to Its Devotion to the Holy Eucharist

Consider the following quote of St. Peter Julian Eymard: An age prospers or dwindles in proportion to its devotion to the Holy Eucharist. This is the measure of its spiritual life and its faith, of ...
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Can a Catholic drink ice water before mass?

Does water with ice cubes in it count as ordinary water, or is it different enough (because ice is not the same form as water) to count as breaking the eucharistic fast? For clarification, this ...
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What is the biblical basis that Christ is NOT physically present in communion?

Christians often debate over if there is biblical support for the true, physical presence of Christ in communion, but is there positive biblical evidence for the other side?
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Is it OK to pray any five decades of the Rosary or do they have to be in the specific set of mysteries?

I'm working on setting up a guide book for a Eucharistic procession for Corpus Christi and I was told that it's not exactly traditional to pray the Rosary during one of these processions, but we ...
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Question about mortal sin and the state of grace?

From what I have read, Catholics either are or are not in a state of grace. There's no grey area in between. Anyone living in an abject state of mortal sin according to the Church incurs a "...
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Did hermits receive the Eucharist regularly?

Simple question. Does anyone know whether hermits such as St. Anthony of the Desert, St. Simeon Stylites, etc. attended Mass on Sundays? I am interested in both examples of those who did and those who ...
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Can I drink water to which trace minerals drops had been added before receiving Communion?

Before going to communion I took a sip of water, realizing afterwards that it may have been water to which drops of minerals to prevent cramping had been added the night before. It was too late to ...
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Is taking communion in an unworthy manner unforgivable? [closed]

“For this reason, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. A person should examine himself first, and in this way ...
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How does the interpretation of consumption of flesh and blood differ in certain denominations?

During a mass, there's the moment when the congregation express their connection to Jesus by consuming his (metaphorical) flesh and blood (in practice, wine and bread). Today, we discussed that ...
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How do those who hold to the causal power of the Eucharist reconcile that view with Jesus' statement at Matthew 15:16?

Some Christians hold that the Eucharist is capable of causally affecting a person such as to make them a spiritually better person, which necessarily involves the process of eating what appears to be ...
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Do memorialists oppose the Westminster Confession's explanation of real presence?

Many denominations affirm the doctrine of the real presence of Christ in communion, that in the communion Christ is in some sense really present in a way that is distinct from his general presence in ...
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Did Jesus celebrate the Eucharist on the Road to Emmaus in Luke 24?

In Luke 24:13-35, the words used are that Jesus broke bread and blessed it. Is this a hint from Luke that points towards the Last Supper?
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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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