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Old Apr 13, '09, 5:59 am
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Default Lord, I am not worthy to receive you; but only say the word and I shall be healed.

If we are not to receive Holy Communion in an unworthy manner, then why are we saying this right before communion? It just doesn't seem right.

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Who of us is perfect!
We are asking God to heal and purify anything in us that is in the least unworthy before we receive Communion.
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Default Re: Lord, I am not worthy to receive you; but only say the word and I shall be healed.

I think the answer lies in the difference in our inherant unworthiness vs. our possibly receiving in an unworthy state of mind or heart:

We by nature are not worthy to receive any sort of sacramental grace from the Almighty. The statement that we say during mass reflects this.

In addition, we can approach the sacrament with an "unworthy" disposition; unconfessed mortal sin, unrepentant attitude, etc. This is not reflected in that statement, and it seems that's where your concern lies.
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If we are not to receive Holy Communion in an unworthy manner, then why are we saying this right before communion? It just doesn't seem right.


even when we've been to Confession and even if we have spent hours in prayer and fasting, we still won't be WORTHY, meaning that we still won't deserve the Body and Blood of Our Lord.. that's what it means we can't be worthy, though we CAN receive worthily. (and should)
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Default Re: Lord, I am not worthy to receive you; but only say the word and I shall be healed.

As catholics, we are not to receive communion if we are aware of MORTAL sin (or potentially thereof) on our consience.

Venial sin, sadly, happens pretty much all the time and is NOT a barrier to receiving communion. Quite the opposite, the penitential rite and reception of the Eucharist imparts Grace that forgives and heals venial sin.

So unless you've been utterly perfect since your last confession, you (and I) badly need that portion of the mass.
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If we are not to receive Holy Communion in an unworthy manner, then why are we saying this right before communion? It just doesn't seem right.
This prayer comes from Matt 8:8. See Matt 8:5-13 for the story of Jesus healing the centurion's servant. The Lord said He would go to cure the servant, but the centurion said in reply that he was not worthy to have Jesus enter under his roof. The centurion recognized Jesus was one with authority--that whatever Jesus said would be done. "Only say the word and the servant shall be healed." Jesus praised the centurion's great faith, and the servant was healed that very hour.
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I think the answer lies in the difference in our inherant unworthiness vs. our possibly receiving in an unworthy state of mind or heart:

We by nature are not worthy to receive any sort of sacramental grace from the Almighty. The statement that we say during mass reflects this.

In addition, we can approach the sacrament with an "unworthy" disposition; unconfessed mortal sin, unrepentant attitude, etc. This is not reflected in that statement, and it seems that's where your concern lies.
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If we are not to receive Holy Communion in an unworthy manner, then why are we saying this right before communion? It just doesn't seem right.

Bad translation. It should read "Lord I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; but only say the word and my soul shall be healed"

As said above, it echos the Centurion's prayer, and reflects our unworthiness. It is not a penitential right, and does not lead to the forgiveness of sin.

The Eucharist itself absolves venial sin, but mortal sin needs to be absolved in confession.

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If we are not to receive Holy Communion in an unworthy manner, then why are we saying this right before communion? It just doesn't seem right.

What do you mean "not to receive Holy Communion in an unworthy manner"? What teaching exactly are you referring to?
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Oh. I thought this thread was about me!

Carry on.

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What do you mean "not to receive Holy Communion in an unworthy manner"? What teaching exactly are you referring to?
Are you in a state of mortal sin?

Also, this is what Jesus is referring to in his talk about forgiveness.

If you go up to the altar to make Sacrifice and remember that you bear a grudge against your brother, immediately go and make amends with your brother. (paraphrasing).
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Bad translation. It should read "Lord I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; but only say the word and my soul shall be healed"

As said above, it echos the Centurion's prayer, and reflects our unworthiness. It is not a penitential right, and does not lead to the forgiveness of sin.

The Eucharist itself absolves venial sin, but mortal sin needs to be absolved in confession.

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True, regarding the bad translation, and I understand it may be changed back to the original wording - or at least a more accurate wording, if not perfect.

My thoughts during this time of the Mass are more like the leper's - "Lord, if you will, you can make me clean".
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True, regarding the bad translation, and I understand it may be changed back to the original wording - or at least a more accurate wording, if not perfect.
From the Parts of the Order of the Mass study text (PDF), available at the USCCB website, the new translation is:

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132. The Priest genuflects, takes the host and, holding it slightly raised above the paten or
above the chalice, while facing the people, says aloud:


Behold the Lamb of God,
behold him who takes away the sins of the world.
Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.

And together with the people he adds once:

Lord, I am not worthy
that you should enter under my roof,
but only say the word
and my soul shall be healed.
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From the Parts of the Order of the Mass study text (PDF), available at the USCCB website, the new translation is:
OK, I like that. I understand it can't be perfectly Scriptural, for the people in the pews would be saying, "Who is my servant"?

BTW, when do these new ordinances go into effect? I understand the Nicene Creed is going to go from "We Believe..." to "I Believe....", is that correct? (I know.... read the link you provided...... well, when I have time, I will!). If so, I prefer, "We believe..." simply because it makes it a more communal prayer. I'm tired of people thinking, "It's just between me and Christ". The Body of Christ is a community.

...... just my two cents worth.


Ooh! Ooh! I almost forgot. Thanks for the link.
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