First, one must
prepare properly to receive Holy Communion. As stated in the Catechism of St.
Q. How should we
be prepared in order to receive Holy Communion?
A. We should be
in the state of grace, should be
fasting, and should be devout.
One must also
prepare mentally to receive the Blessed Sacrament. According to the Catechism of
Pope St. Pius X...
Q. In what does
the preparation before Holy Communion consist?
before Communion consists in meditating for some time on Whom we are about to
receive, and on who we are; and in making acts of faith, hope, charity,
contrition, adoration, humility, and the desire to receive Jesus Christ.
One should also...
* Act/behave/dress properly (see
* Receive Holy Communion only on the tongue [See
here for "Communion in the Hand: Why Not?"]
* Receive Holy Communion only from a priest [See
here for "Lay 'Eucharistic Ministers': Why Not?"]
* Receive under one species (bread) [See
here for "Communion Under Both Species: Is it Required?"]
* Receive Holy Communion
kneeling, if physically able
* Discern the
Real Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist
& offer proper
* Note that at the traditional Mass, the communicant does
NOT say 'amen' when receiving Holy Communion (see
* Pray silently after Holy Communion (kneeling, if
physically able) [Try
here for some prayers]
* Offer private prayers of thanksgiving after Mass
(kneeling, if physically able)
Did you know? It is still possible – thanks be to
God! – to lawfully attend the Traditional Latin Mass. The Traditional Latin
('Tridentine') Mass differs from the 1960's Novus Ordo Mass in many &
significant ways (try
here for more information). To locate a Traditional Latin Mass in your area,
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