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November 15th, 2011

Eucharist (how we receive)


Should Catholics receive communion on the hand or on the tongue?  And how exactly are we supposed to do that reverently?  Is there any other acceptable response besides “Amen?”  …and what does “amen” mean anyway?

These questions and more are answered in this edition of “Sacraments 101,” a web video series geared for those who’d like an introduction or refresher course on these important, tangible Catholic experiences of God.

The Church calls the Eucharist the “summit and source of our faith,” so it would seem pretty important to understand the basics about receiving this sacrament when we go to Mass.

To download this video go here and click the download arrow or choose save or download.

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  • Barbara Wheeler

    Hi Jill, there actually isn’t a DVD of the videos. You are welcome to download this one and the other Sacraments 101 videos for free. There’s a link in the text below the video. You should be able to right-click the link and you’ll see a menu of options for downloading the videos.

  • Jill Sadowski

    Is there a way to purchase a DVD CD to play in our First Communion formation class?

    • Lynn S

      I’ve downloaded it very easily. Go to youtube and search “How to [embed OR download] a video to [Windows version xx, Mac xx or PowerPoint 20xx]

  • Brian Jones

    I really like this video and would like to show it to my faith formation class, but I’m having trouble downloading it. Is there another link where I can get it?

  • tina matilde

    perhaps a silly question but can you please discuss the time of prayer/meditation after receiving communion, usually taking place while the rest of the congregation is still receiving communion?

  • Gage

    I don’t have a sourced answer for #1. I think it is custom to receive on the knees from the Pope. Not really sure.

    For #2, while receiving while standing is the norm (both in the sense of “normal” and sense of “rule”) in the U.S., if someone knelt to receive, they cannot be denied communion only on the grounds that they are kneeling. The suggestion is that the priest discuss with the person later the procedure, but kneeling, in and of itself, is not grounds for refusing.

  • Christopher

    If these are the requirements, then why:
    1) Is it required to receive communion on one’s knees when receiving from the Pope.
    2) Is “no one denied communion when they they are on their knees?”

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