Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him” (Jn 6:53-56).
From the moment of consecration by the priest during Mass, in the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist are really and truly contained the body, blood, soul, and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ (CCC 1374, 1377).
Normally, this Sacrament is received for the first time after two years of preparation in the parish. For additional information on preparation for First Holy Communion, see the CFP Information Sheet.
Reception of Holy Communion at Mass is available for Catholics, who are in union with the Pope, not conscious of grave sin, and have fasted for one hour. Let us all pray for union with the Lord Jesus, that the Holy Spirit will dispel the sad divisions which separate Christians, and for the peace and unity of the whole human family.