holy communion

DEAR FATHER | Preparing to receive Communion starts at home

Preparing to receive Jesus' Body and Blood starts at home — well before Mass. The Church teaches that Catholics should abstain from food or drink, except water, for one hour prior to receiving Communion. As we long for a drink or something to munch on while waiting for Mass, we should be reminded of our spiritual hunger to receive Jesus into our souls.

DEAR FATHER | Preparing to receive Communion starts at home

Preparing to receive Jesus' Body and Blood starts at home — well before Mass. The Church teaches that Catholics should abstain from food or drink, except water, for one hour prior to receiving Communion. As we long for a drink or something to munch on while waiting for Mass, we should be reminded of our spiritual hunger to receive Jesus into our souls.

Dear Father | Scripture provides for using grapes for Communion wine

 

Question

Why does the Church require that wine be used for the Precious Blood of Christ?

Father Mayo's answer:

According to the Code of Canon Law, Canon 924 states that the wine used for Holy Mass should be natural and made from grapes that are not corrupted. Grape juice is not valid matter; the juice must be raw or from fresh grapes, which are susceptible to fermentation.

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