Question: Is it really a sin to receive the Eucharist in mortal sin?


No, it isn’t simply a mortal sin but a form of sacrilege; it is worse than a mortal sin to receive Jesus in mortal sin. The once life-giving body and blood of Christ becomes judgement to the soul. It is important to realize that we mustn’t rise with everyone every time they’re going to receive the Eucharist. We have to carefully examine ourselves. Thankfully, a sound conscience doesn’t need much examination to realize whether or not they’re in the state of grace. Here’s what the Church says about receiving without preparation:

To respond to this invitation we must prepare ourselves for so great and so holy a moment. St. Paul urges us to examine our conscience: “Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself.” Anyone conscious of a grave sin must receive the sacrament of reconciliation before coming to Communion


– Catechism of the Catholic Church 1385.

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  • andy fernando says:

    I have to abstain myself from receiving Holy Communion during Mass because as I examine my conscience, I know I am a sinner and because I have not gone for confession….. but even after going to confession, I’m unable to keep myself from committing the same sin again…. It’s like I am taking God love, forgiveness and His mercy for granted….

    • Dave says:

      If you are trying not to sin by yourself, I’m telling you now that won’t work. You need to abide in Christ by loving his word, Reading, meditating and put it in your heart. The Word cleanses us. Jesus says If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love. If you abide in me and I abide in you. If Jesus abides in us, we will sin no more

    • K. Stanislaus says:

      Dear Andy, God wants your sincere struggle. MUST BE SINCERE. Many of us have very many bad habits and sins we battle with. What the enemy wants is for you to lose hope and say God is tired of you when he can NEVER be. God wants you to keep coming back to him no matter how many times you fall. Brother, God wants you to arrive at the gates of Heaven alive; broken, sick, half-dead, JUST COME ALIVE !

      Therefore, heed the advise of the gentleman above, develop spiritual habits and help yourself. Pray hard, work, read and God will keep helping you. Finally, the Blessed Mother of God, out Mother is a pro at giving us graces we have not merited. Ask her for help by praying the rosary. She will help you, trust me.

  • Christopher says:

    I go for mass every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday I go for confession one in 2 months and I receive the eucharist on all three days can I receive as sometimes much thoughts are not good and sometimes I am not concentrating on the mass.Kindly advice.Thank you

    • Ann Leon Guerrero says:

      I am a divorced Catholic. I was married in church, receiving the sacrament of matrimony. I have been receiving the Eucharist at mass. Should I stop since I’m a divorcee?

      • K. Stanislaus says:

        You should. You need to consult with your priest so he will direct you on what the canons of the Church says on the matter and help you with your particular situation. God bless you

        • Kay says:

          It is my understanding of church teaching that a divorced person may receive the Eucharist as long as they are living a chaste life and have not entered into a civil marriage. Just being divorced is not a barrier to receiving communion.

          • K. Stanislaus says:

            You are right my brother. Sorry I missed that fact, I immediately assumed a remarriage was implied. Thanks for that. Hello Ann, please take note.

    • K. Stanislaus says:

      You can receive, yes. However, you must make sure you are not consciously distracting yourself from mass. Prayer is a battle as well as a communication, we keep trying to keep our minds on the words we speak and the Lord whom we address. It is not enough, on its own, to cause you to abstain from communion, but make sure it is not willful.

  • Jessie says:

    Is it Ok to do a self confession, then receieve communion and go for a sacramental confession afterwards? Sometimes you badly need to have the Eucharist and the schedules for sacramental confession before a priests in your local church are not favourable.

    • K. Stanislaus says:

      No it is not. You need to receive sacramental confession for every mortal sin you are guilty of. However, if you are only guilty of venial sins, even willful venial sins, then you should repent of it in your heart, pray and receive communion. The Church teaches that it is not necessary to confess venial sins, as these can be forgiven after personal prayers. However, you are exhorted to confess them too.

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