Heart beats fast while ascending to the Altar

Occassionally, yes. When I’m altar serving it’s a lot worse!

I usually just get a warm tingly feeling after receiving. Like when someone gives you a hug.

That happened very much when I was about to get Confirmed last Tuesday :thumbsup:
It made me get a bit tounge tied and say the responses wrong though :o:blush:

It’s funny you should mention this. I’ve been feeling like this during communion off and on for years. My heart starts to race, not in a real bad way mind you, but it does accelerate. Could be my own joy and anticipation of communion that is causing the rushing heart beat.

Mine does too, like it’s breaking out of my chest! I had no idea so many others experience this too.

Whenever I have those little temptations to doubt, all I need to do is approach the Blessed Sacrament. It’s very touching, it’s as if my primal instinct knows that its Maker is right before it, even if my mind is off somewhere else. There’s so many stories I’ve come upon recently about how animals act around the Blessed Sacrament. Weird stuff, like one time when a church was being raided a priest grabbed the Blessed Sacrament from the Tabernacle, ran away and buried Him in a field. I think the priest ended up being killed or something… but then one day a farmer was plowing the land and his oxen sort of bowed and stopped. He was shocked, and the ground began emitting light. This Eucharistic miracle happened in Poland I think.

Also when Pope John Paul the Great was about to go to a church in New York (idk which one), police dogs searched it, and the dogs stopped cold in front of the Tabernacle and just sat happily.

Has anybody else felt the same way just approaching the Tabernacle to pray? I’ve been going a lot recently and it’s the nicest thing to spend some time with God absolutely alone (unlike adoration).

I don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade at all - but presumably we’re all fasting before Communion, some of us for hours. And some of us aren’t exactly young or in tip-top health.

Meaning the cause just might possibly (for some) be entirely physical - to do with blood sugar or blood pressure or whatnot. If this is a possibility you might want to get checked by a doctor.

I know one morning I felt lightheaded at Mass. Had nothing to do with the occasion at all. Fact was, due to my neither eating nor drinking water beforehand, combined with the extremely warm weather, I was simply dehydrated, and after Mass when I had a good long drink of water I felt much more myself.

Like I said, not wanting to dismiss the possibility that it IS proximity to the Blessed Sacrament causing this, but I’d hate people to be ignoring signs of potential health problems thinking that they’re having a religious experience of some kind if they’re not.

Personally, I never “ascend to the altar,” because I am not a priest. Perhaps the OP meant “approaching the sanctuary,” at the edge of which we receive Holy Communion.

“Ascending” to the altar is the term used for actually going up the steps (if any) and approaching the altar at the appropriate times in the liturgy. It’s what the priest(s) and the deacons do.

Haha good point :slight_smile: For me, no. I’m a healthy teenager and one hour means nothing :smiley:

My mother as a child, used to faint at Mass during the summertimes for this reason. She knew it was no act of God. But for some of us, the evidence is clear, because it happens every time.

Yes, every time. My heart beats faster, my knees get wobbly, and my breath gets short. I still don’t know how I get back to my pew. I feel this way until the priest says “let us pray.”

I am in excellent physical shape.

My heart races, I get a little shaky, very excited and some times tears will come to my eyes and not because I fasted but because I am so excited to be receiving my Lord and Savior. :getholy:

I often cry at mass, sometimes ball like a baby, but not heart racing.

My heart mind soul and body feel at total peace when I approach the altar. Especially if I am in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, some may think I’m crazy but I can feel my heart beat I am so much at peace.
What get’s me is when I help Minister Communion. Ever since I became a EMHC it is all I can not to cry with the honor I feel when I hold our Lord’s body or Blood.
Such an awesome feeling.

No but after I receive Him, I often get a rush of warmth throughout my whole body. It has happened ever since I was a little girl. Not every time, but often. That is why, when I was a know it all teenager, looking into other religions, I never left the Bark of Peter – I knew that the Real Presence was true, and I never left the Church nor abandoned the sacraments.

I used to cry at the reception (I thought there was something wrong with me), that is until I read about this thing called the “gift of tears”. I guess I must have had a rush of pride at the thought of such a “gift” or maybe just the recognition of such and so I guess I am no longer worthy. The Holy Spirit knows better. I have experienced it since just not on a regular basis.

The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. :crying:

No, not for me. I am at peace when I stand in line, when I receive and after I receive Holy Communion. It is always a peaceful time for me. :harp:

This used to happen to me a lot and sometimes still does, but not so much now… I don’t know why!

Perhaps because you are being purified and your faith strengthened by the absence of sensible consolations. If so, count yourself blessed. :slight_smile:

This happened to me the first few times I received, but I just figured it was an adrenaline rush.

I get a warm sensation whenever I’m up on the altar serving. I feel like someone is hugging me.

My heart beats fast when I’m in line for Holy Communion because I get nervous going up in front of people lol. When I come back and kneel I almost always cry while talking intimately with Him.

I have experienced all sorts of spiritual things during mass. Very strange feelings come over me. They can be very overwhelming. Although I feel honored to experience them they are too much to bear and I thank God that they are few and far between. It would also be difficult to explain the tears.

What are the feelings? Hard to put into words. In it’s simplest form it is God’s presence.

One time in particular I remember looking at the priest and thinking he would drop dead. I didn’t see how he could survive holding the Eucharist. It was very surprising that nothing happened to him at all.

I have often had the thought how the congregation would react if the President or some other VIP should up at mass one day. It would be a big commotion. People would be talking about it for days, weeks and possibly years. But every single day in every mass all around the world the biggest VIP shows up and it is like nothing.

Richard Dawkins thinks I am like a moth flying around a light because of some misfiring of some neurons in my brain. Well why does it happen so infrequently, semi randomly and if I feel it happening and I say please don’t (because I know it will be too overwhelming), it stops? I am just delusional? I am actually a very rational person. I would be a great apologist for atheism except for the fact that God has made himself known in so many different ways. Bertrand Russell claimed there was not enough evidence! What more does he want? God’s footprints and fingerprints are in all his creation. All of creation sings to the glory of God. You just have to open your eyes, heart, mind and soul.

The whole world was made through Jesus Christ. We don’t understand what this means. It does mean that all matter & energy is intimately connected with Jesus Christ. Is it really so strange that some bread and wine can be transformed into His body?

Actually we had a VIP (former UK Prime Minister and star convert Tony Blair) and his wife Cherie show up at our Mass a while back. No-one batted an eyelid. I did tell my mother, but otherwise didn’t get particularly excited about it.

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