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How many times in a day may I receive Communion?

Full Question

I’m confused. I was always taught you could receive Communion only once a day. My pastor says this isn’t correct. He says you can receive the Eucharist twice a day.

How many times in a day may I receive Communion?

Answer

Your pastor is correct. Canon Law says a person may receive Holy Communion a second time, provided he does so during a celebration of the Eucharist in which he participates (canon 917). The stipulation that one receive the second Communion at a Mass “in which he participates” doesn’t apply in the case of those in danger of death (canon 921).

The confusion about this subject is due to post-conciliar changes in Church practice regarding the Eucharist. In the old 1917 Code of Cannon Law, reception of Holy Communion more than once a day was prohibited. After Vatican II this restriction was mitigated to permit reception twice on the same day. The 1983 revised Code of Canon Law incorporated the post-conciliar change in practice into the law of the Church.










4 comments

  1. Jesus Reply

    I receive communion about 3 to 4 times a day, because I am a lector, extra-ordiany euchrist minstier and an alter server. I serve at all mass. Is this still wrong? I come from a small parish.

  2. LRC Reply

    I was told you can receive twice, as I do if I’m also serving a funeral. We have a great “cheeky” Priest who then added; you could receive a third time if you’re dying.

  3. Marian Giorlando Cullen Reply

    So does this mean if I receive Holy Communion at the 9 am Mass, if I want to go to Mass again that day, I can receive Holy Communion again? I’ m still confused.

    1. Subin George Reply

      You definitely can receive twice… Just need to attend whole Mass though… But my doubt is whether we can receive more than twice in normal circumstances by attending a third or fourth Mass? Please someone answer me… My friends receives so. I also done so before…

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