Peace be with all!
[quote:3k0vgpg2][quote:3k0vgpg2]To participate, on must receive the Holy Eucharist.[/quote:3k0vgpg2]
Not quite. Those who, in a state of mortal sin, (rightly) refrain from receiving the Eucharist do not fail in their obligation to participate in Sunday mass, so reception of the Eucharist is not the criterion by which participation is measured.[/quote:3k0vgpg2]
This is true that we are required by the Church to receive the Eucharist at certain time of the year:
[quote:3k0vgpg2]Innocent III, mitigated the former severity of the Church’s law to the extent that all Catholics of both sexes were to communicate at least once a year and this during the paschal season[/quote:3k0vgpg2]
and that St. Augustine left daily Communion to the free choice of the individual but said:
[quote:3k0vgpg2]Sic vive, ut quotidie possis sumere, i e “So live that you may receive every day.”[/quote:3k0vgpg2]
But the Mass is the celebration of the Eucharist and what is the point in attending if you do not receive? Of course Mortal Sin is the exception, but, regular Reconciliation would help to remove that problem. Also:
[quote:3k0vgpg2]Though Holy Communion does not per se remit mortal sin, it has nevertheless the third effect of “blotting out venial sin and preserving the soul from mortal sin.[/quote:3k0vgpg2]
[quote:3k0vgpg2]…he allows and recommends daily Communion to the entire laity and requires but two conditions for its permissibility, namely, the state of grace and a right and pious intention. Concerning the non-requirement of the twofold species as a means necessary to salvation see COMMUNION UNDER BOTH KINDS[/url:3k0vgpg2].[/quote:3k0vgpg2]
The Eucharist is defined as:
[quote:3k0vgpg2]The name given to the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar in its twofold aspect of sacrament and Sacrifice of Mass, and in which Jesus Christ is truly present under the bread and wine. Other titles are used, such as “Lord’s Supper” (Coena Domini), “Table of the Lord” (Mensa Domini), the “Lord’s Body” (Corpus Domini), and the “Holy of Holies” (Sanctissimum), to which may be added the following expressions, and somewhat altered from their primitive meaning: “Agape” (Love-Feast), “Eulogia” (Blessing), “Breaking of Bread”, “Synaxis” (Assembly), etc.; but the ancient title “Eucharistia” appearing in writers as early as Ignatius, Justin, and Iren?¶us, has taken precedence in the technical terminology of the Church and her theologians. The expression “Blessed Sacrament of the Altar”, introduced by Augustine, is at the present day almost entirely restricted to catechetical and popular treatises. This extensive nomenclature, describing the great mystery from such different points of view, is in itself sufficient proof of the central position the Eucharist has occupied from the earliest ages, both in the Divine worship and services of the Church and in the life of faith and devotion which animates her members.
With this, and many other examples, I believe that partaking of the Holy Eucharist can be a criterion of participation. But I coincide, it is not expressly stated as such, that I have been able to locate. ” title=”Smile” />
[i:3k0vgpg2]*denotes a quote taken from The Blessed Eucharist as a Sacrament[/url:3k0vgpg2]
** quoted from Eucharist[/url[/i:3k0vgpg2]