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Susan Blazer wrote:

Hi, guys —

I have a question about fasting before receiving Holy Communion.

  • Are we obliged to fast one hour before Mass or one hour before receiving the Eucharist?
  • For example, are we allowed to eat something 30 minutes before Mass?
  • What are the Church's regulations in this regard?

Susan

  { Are we obliged to fast one hour before Mass or one hour before receiving the Eucharist? }

Mike replied:

Hi, Susan —

We are obliged to fast one hour from food and drink before receiving the Eucharist.

Canon 919 states:

Canon 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.

§2. A priest who celebrates the Most Holy Eucharist two or three times on the same day can take something before the second or third celebration even if there is less than one hour between them.

§3. The elderly, the infirm, and those who care for them can receive the Most Holy Eucharist even if they have eaten something within the preceding hour.

Prudence and common sense dictate we should not eat or drink anything close to an hour before when we would usually receive the Eucharist each Sunday at Mass.

Hope this helps,

Mike

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