Frequently Asked Questions

Eucharist (Communion)

  1. Where in the Bible does it say anything about the Mass and the notion of it being a sacrifice? Part 1
  2. Where in the Bible does it say anything about the Mass and the notion of it being a sacrifice? Part 2
  3. I am active in many groups/teams that are made up of various faith based beliefs. Activities include faith based programs and services such as KAIROS prison ministry. At some of these a communion service is offered. I have been told that communion by some
  4. Where is the Eucharist in the Bible?
  5. If Catholics believe that the Eucharist is actually the body of Christ, aren't Catholics participating in cannibalism when they take Communion?
  6. May Protestants who believe in the Real Presence receive Communion?
  7. Is it true that Christ's presence in the Eucharist is equal to his presence in the Word and the assembly?
  8. Why do Catholics celebrate Communion at every Mass, if Christ's death atoned for sin once and for all?
  9. If a person does not believe the host is the body and blood of Christ, does that change what happens when he receives it?
  10. Why can only priests consecrate the Eucharist?
  11. A Protestant friend said that Augustine did not believe in transubstantiation. Is this true?
  12. Are we really eating Jesus in the Eucharist, or is it only symbolic?
  13. Was it a valid consecration if the priest used leavened bread?
  14. What is the correct thing to do when the precious blood is spilled during distribution of the Eucharist?
  15. Is it possible to get sick from drinking from the Eucharistic cup?
  16. Is Jesus present for 15 minutes after we receive him in the Eucharist?
  17. Why does the Church use the words "substance" and "accidents" in the doctrine of the Eucharist?
  18. How can I clear up my friend's misunderstanding about the Eucharist?
  19. What should I do about someone who refuses to go to confession before receiving the Eucharist?
  20. Do we receive in the Eucharist the bodies of loved ones who have died ?

 

  1. How can the Eucharist be more than what we observe with our senses?
  2. Is it all right to attend Mass and receive Communion twice in one day?
  3. I didn't arrive at Mass until the Consecration. Was I right to refrain from Communion?
  4. What is a tabernacle?
  5. How necessary is it to have the sanctuary lamps lit while the Blessed Sacrament is in the tabernacle?
  6. I thought that we "receive" Communion. I am so dismayed when people say that they "take" Communion.
  7. My teenage son does not want to receive Communion. Should I require him to receive?
  8. Is it wrong to receive Communion before committing a mortal sin?
  9. If a person does not believe the host is the body and blood of Christ, does that change what happens when he receives it?
  10. Is it wrong to receive Communion before committing a mortal sin?
  11. Is reverse transubstantiation possible?
  12. Why does the Church call the body of Christ "bread" in the proclamation of faith?
  13. If Protestant communion is invalid, what relationship to Christ is engendered by participating in that communion?
  14. What is the difference between adoring our Lord in the tabernacle and adoring him exposed on the altar?
  15. Why do some communicants approach the priest with a rosary in their hands?
  16. Can I receive Holy Communion on the tongue?
  17. What's the rule for fasting after Communion?
  18. May sick persons who are unable to swallow solid food receive Communion under the form of wine alone?
  19. Did Jesus break Old Testament Law by telling his followers to drink his blood?
  20. May a person who is divorced but not remarried receive Communion?