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"Is the fast before Holy Communion 1 hour? It is sinful not to fast?"

 

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According to the 1983 Code of Canon Law...

"Can. 919 §1. A person who is to receive the Most Holy Eucharist is to abstain for at least one hour before holy communion from any food and drink, except for only water and medicine.

§2. A priest who celebrates the Most Holy Eucharist two or three times on the same day can take something before the second or third celebration even if there is less than one hour between them.

§3. The elderly, the infirm, and those who care for them can receive the Most Holy Eucharist even if they have eaten something within the preceding hour."

Of course this may be subject to change since it is not doctrine. In fact, the above represents a 'relaxed' Eucharistic fast. It is laudable, if possible, to adhere to the traditional/previous practices (e.g. 3 hour fast, or nothing after midnight).

In terms of sin, it would not be a sin to break the fast, but one who does so must NOT receive Holy Communion. As the Baltimore Catechism states...

"A person who through forgetfulness or any other cause has broken the fast necessary for Holy Communion, should again fast and receive Holy Communion the following morning if possible, without returning to confession. It is not a sin to break one's fast, but it would be a mortal sin to receive Holy Communion after knowingly breaking the fast necessary for it." (emphasis added)


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