Post # 1
Here’s something I did not think of before the day of my wedding. There is a 1 hour fast requirement for receiving the Eucharist. We had mainly donuts for breakfast while we were getting our hair done. I also seem to remember that my mom bought a fruit tray. My mom brought the left over fruit and donuts to the church into the bridal room as we got ready. Just before walking down the aisle, I was put under pressure by my mom and my wedding photographer to eat a little bit so that I didn’t faint or get overly hungry. The wedding photographer was insisting that I probably wouldn’t have much of an opportunity to eat at the reception. I was surprised to find all my Catholic bridesmaids insisting I eat. No one seemed to undrstand why I was caring about the hour fasting rule.
What are your thoughts about the hour fast?
Post # 3
I never realised it was a requirement, but it does make sense. On a purely practical level, eating a little bit a few hours beforehand, but then nothing for an hour, reduces the chance that you will vomit back the host.
… because I imagine that vomiting back the host would be a huge problem. If the host is only spiritually transformative, but is not in itself a carrier of any spiritual-physical properties, then it doesn’t matter if you (for example) wash it away with some water, or leave the leftovers for the birds… but I know that there is a whole range of beliefs to do with the transformativity of the host across the Christian spectrum, and that this would be unacceptable to many Catholics. Therefore… if you puked back the host… what would you do about it? :-0
Found this as well: http://www.ewtn.com/expert/answers/communion_dispositions.htm
I wonder if being a bride counts as being sick or infirm for fasting purposes? I bet you feel sick with nerves walking up that aisle, for sure!
Post # 4
I take the requirement very seriously, but like you did, it’s entirely possible to forget. I lived in a house with Catholic women for a year, and we had a chapel with Mass sometimes, and one time I was in the kitchen making dinner beforehand, and I had a non-water drink, and I completely forgot and took a big swig of it right before walking across the hall to Mass! oops!
I think normally, it’s also pretty hard to eat less than an hour beforehand, b/c if it’s a Sunday Mass, then it will probably be close to an hour, and you’ll receive communinon about 45-50 minutes into it, so unless you’re like eating in your car, you’ll be fine.
But I actually think increasing the amount of fast time would be a really good change for the Church to make – like you saw with your bridesmaids, soooo many people don’t take it seriuosly as it is, and as a result people don’t take the Eucharist seriously – everyone just goes up and never considers whether they *should*. But if it actually became *hard* to do, like the required wait was 4 hours, then you would see a lot less people going to communion, and people actually considering how serious of a thing it is (is it “worth it” to fast for 4 hours beforhand?) instead of just going up and popping it into their hand like it’s a cookie and running out the door without even waiting for Mass to be over… sorry for the digression…
Post # 5
Am I the only person raised Catholic who has never ever heard of this? Seriously, my parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc., are all Catholic and very involved in the church, and so was I growing up – and I’ve never heard of fasting in order to receive communion.
Post # 6
@Wonderstruck: On my first communion day my parents drove through McD’s for breakfast but wouldn’t buy me anything! LOL
OP- In the glory days of my uber-Catholicdom I would have been horrified if someone tried to get me to eat right before Mass! Even now, there’s no way I’d eat within an hour of the wedding if we were having a Nuptual Mass.
Post # 7
I think it’s great that you are aware of it and take it into practice in your daily life. Also remember that God is about forgiveness and sometimes we just forget, or something may come up that requires you to not be able to follow that rule. I remember once I was SO hungry I felt like I would be sick and had to eat something small before we left. God understands. Of course I take it seriously, but if there is a case where exceptions need to be made, He understands. Also like PP mentioned, you usually don’t receive eucharist until about 45mins in either.
Post # 8
@twoangels: You are definitely supposed to fast one hour before receiving communion, but as far as I know, it isn’t a sin if you absolutely must.