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Holy Mystery of Holy Eucharist (Holy Communion) - Recieving Procedures during a Divine Liturgy

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Illumi-
nation
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mation
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Eucha-
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Holy
Oil
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Holy Mysteries
Holy
Mystery
Why
Recieve
Who
Receives
Minimum
Age
Received
Who
Admin-
isters
When
Received
How
Often
Received
Time
Period
NOT
Recieved
All 3
Holy
Mysteries
of
Christian
Illumination
Person
becomes
a full
and
active
member
of
Catholic
community
AllAny age

Ideally
infants

Ideally
receives
3
Holy
Mysteries
in
immediate
succession
PriestIdeally
1st 2
Holy
Mysteries
are
during
Divine
Liturgy

and
priest
gives
Holy
Eucharist
during
Holy
Commun-
ion.

When
not,
priest
gives
Holy
Eucharist
during
Holy
Commun-
ion
at first
Divine
Liturgy.
1 time
for
Baptism
and
Chris-
mation

Many
times
for
Holy
Eucharist
Great Lent

Great and
Holy Week
BaptismBecomes
Catholic
ChrismationReceives
the seal
of the gift
of
Holy Spirit
Holy
Eucharist
Participates
in Jesus Christ's
Mystical Supper

Jesus Christ's
gift of Himself
to us

Requirements and Conditions

The Holy Mystery of Holy Oil is received after the person recieves the first two Mysteries of Christian Illumination: Baptism and Chrismation.

The Holy Eucharist is given during a Divine Liturgy.

The Holy Mystery of Holy Eucharist is administered by a priest.

The Holy Mystery of Holy Eucharist should be received often during all liturigcal cycles.

Preparing to Receiving the Holy Eucharist

Before the Divine Liturgy

A person fasts from midnight. Water and unfermented fruit juice is allowed.

During the Divine Liturgy

A person prays the "Prayer before Holy Communion" as a group prayer.

Receiving the Holy Eucharist

The priest gives the people the Holy Eucharist. He stands in the center aisle in front of the solea.
In one line, the people walk up the center aisle to the priest. The people cross their arms across thier breast. That is, the right hand is near the left shoulder and the left hand is near the right shoulder.

Holy Eucharist is given by two methods.

Method NameMethod DefinitionWho receives
IntinctionThe priest dips a small portion of
a piece of what appears
to be bread
(Precious Bread)
into what appears to be wine
(Precious Blood)
in the chalice.

The priest places
what appears
to be wine soaked bread
(Precious Bread
and Blood)
in the person mouth.
People
able to
swallow
bread and wine.
Little FingerThe priest dips
the tip of his little finger
what appears to be wine
(Precious Blood)
in the chalice.

The priest places
his little finger
near the infant's mouth.

The infant's mouth locates
priest's little finger
and the sucks
what appears to be wine
(Precious Blood)
from the tip
of the priest's
little finger.
Infants
unable
to swallow bread.

Intinction

With his fingers, the priest dips a small portion of a piece of what appears to be bread (Precious Bread) into what appears to be wine (Precious Blood) in the chalice. The key words are "dips" and "small".
The Precious Bread is not immersed into the Precious Blood. Usually, most of the Precious Bread does not enter the Precious Blood. Usually, the Abouna / priest's fingers do not touch the Precious Blood. Usually, the Precious Blood does not drips from the Precious Bread. Exceptions do happen. The reason is that the Abouna / priest is a human being and does not always dip the Precious Bread just right.
Because the amount of Precious Blood is small, a spoon to feed the Precious Bread and Blood and a cloth to catch the Precious Blood are not necessary.

How often should Holy Eucharist be recieved

Holy Eucharist should be received more than once/year.
The Holy Eucharist should be repetitively received as food for a person's spiritual journey.
All Catholics are required to recieve the Holy Eucharist one time during the Pascha Cycle between Feasts of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha and Great Feast of Pentecost.

When Holy Eucharist is Administered

Holy Eucharist is administered during the Divine Liturgy, the Presanctified Liturgy, the Typica service, etc.

Name

The small piece of Precious Body given as Holy Eucharist to the faithful is called "Particle".


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