Distant and near Preparation for holy communion.
The most necessary reception conditions have been set so that no one is unnecessarily discouraged. The Lord’s table. On the contrary, it is understandable that the Preparation for the sacrament is encouraged to be as good as possible. By “remote preparation,” we mean the true Christian life to receive it at any time. «Yes, I’m not preparing in any special way, »said St. John of Avila, “because I am always ready.” He has already given this advice in the 4th-century Ambrose: “Live so that you deserve to receive it daily!” «Close preparation» is the Preparation immediately before the reception. St. Vincent of Paula asked one of the nuns how she was preparing when she went to the Lord’s table.
She replied that she was entrusted to God in the words of St. Theresa:
«My God, you give yourself completely to me, I give myself completely
to you.” According to St. Francis, Salesian is the primary and most crucial Preparation for receiving “to submit completely to God will.» It is easy to repeat the words of saints, but it is not easy to speak them with all your soul and with full conviction. Therefore, advises that Preparation should not remain for a general one sigh. To be more specific, more alive, it has become a custom, especially since the 16th century, to arouse the acts of individual virtues.
St. Alfonzo of Liquor often prepared large crowds at the Lord’s table during public folk missions. He wrote about it: «Preparation should usually be in acts of faith, reverence, humility, regret, love and desire; however, the main ones are three: actions of faith, humility and love; Respect is associated with faith, regret for humility, and longing for love. “
St. John of Chrysologus points to the example of those who, with faith, touched only the clothes of Christ and were healed: “And we, the poor, who receive and touch daily, with the body of Christ, we are not healed of our wounds. “The liturgical renewal has now returned to the custom of the ancient Christians, which is reported to us by St. Cyril of Jerusalem. He writes that believers receive the body of the Lord in hand with the words: «Body of Christ.» The recipient then replies: “Amen.” He testifies, confesses that he believes in the presence of the Son of God. To desire is an expression of love. The food benefits the person after cheaper. St. Katharina had to go far so that it can receive. But she said, “If only I had been dead, and if they brought the Holy Host to my lips, I think that I would wake up. »
Otherwise, one cannot approach God only with humility. The liturgy thus repeats before accepting the word of the centurion from the gospel: Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter the mine roof … (Mt 8: 8).
The Catechism of the Council of Trent encourages everyone to ask himself before receiving whether he lived in peace with others, whether he genuinely and sincerely loves his neighbor.” He should remember the words of the Gospel: When you bring a gift to the altar, and there you remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar and go to reconcile with his brother first; only then come a sacrifice your gift (Matt. 5: 23-24). The Eucharist is the sacrament of love, unity. We are to give Christ ourselves whole, while your person. That is, of course, impossible if we deny it provides a neighbor with what is his.
The prayer books read instructions on how to reception prepare. Still, the most natural and the best way is to observe the liturgy, the rites, and the prayers of the Holy Mass. This is because reception includes how central part. It is therefore recommended adopting, if possible, at Mass.
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