Over the past century the rules regarding fasting before receiving Holy Communion have changed significantly. Whilst the Canon Law quoted below indicates the current rule, it is important not to lose sight of the reason why Catholics fast prior to Holy Communion. When we fast, we become aware of our physical hunger, which is a reminder of our need for the spiritual nourishment that comes from receiving Jesus in the Eucharist.
Canon 919 states:
1: One who is to receive the Most Holy Eucharist is to abstain from any food or drink, with the exception of only water or medicine, for at least the period of one hour before Holy Communion.
3: Those who are advanced in age or who suffer from any infirmity, as well as those who take care of them, can receive the Most Holy Eucharist even if they have taken something during the previous hour.
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Rev. Dr Paul Connell, 8 November 2021
Bishop Shane Mackinlay, Bishop of Sandhurst, 8 November 2021
8 November 2021