I commented elsewhere on this blog that, at times three years ago, I was going to Mass and consquently receiving Communion 3 to 4 times per day. It was part of my journey to having a spiritual relationship with Jesus. The Dean of the local Cathedral saw me at the three Sunday morning Masses and the Sunday evening Mass, and at the weekday Masses. If there was a problem surely he would have told me. Does the Roman Catholic Church have a limit on how many times someone can recieve Communion in one day? I was always told that you couldn’t receive Communion more than once per day. The Code of Canon Law indicates a restriction of twice per day, with exceptions for illness.
Can. 917 A person who has already received the Most Holy Eucharist can receive it a second time on the same day only within the eucharistic celebration in which the person participates,
Can. 919 §1. A person who is to receive the Most Holy Eucharist is to abstain for at least one hour before holy communion from any food and drink, except for only water and medicine.
Can. 920 §1. After being initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, each of the faithful is obliged to receive holy communion at least once a year.
§2. This precept must be fulfilled during the Easter season unless it is fulfilled for a just cause at another time during the year.
Did I have a problem going to Mass and Communion so many times? No. Did I consider it a sin? No. Did I observe the fasting rules? After the second Sunday morning Mass I went to have the free coffee, cake and biscuits (because I was homeless and hungry), so no I didn’t always not eat before Mass. And that wasn’t a sin either. Communion is still important for me at my current church.
For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law. Romans 3:28 (NIV)
On a side note … Jesus came to fullfill the Law. Not impose a new Law. Maybe one of the Cathoics who read this blog could explain why there is a Roman Catholic Code of Canon Law, and why would Jesus have wanted anyone to follow such Law. Everyone who is saved knows what sin is. It is written on their heart.
This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.
Hebrews 8:10-13 (NIV)
- Tolkien on the Eucharist (thechurchofjesuschrist.us)
- Mark 9.38-41- For an Open Table at Communion? (thechurchofjesuschrist.us)
- Eight-year-old with cerebral palsy denied first communion because he was ‘incapable of understanding what it meant’ (dailymail.co.uk)