"Old-style" preparation for Communion, anyone?

Vat II reduced the required amount of fasting before Communion to an hour. I’d like to know if anyone here freely chooses to abstain from food and water from midnight until receiving?

Thank you!
Danica

Well, there was a time there in the 50s where it was three hours’ fast. I usually end up doing that much anyway - leaving my breakfast or lunch until after Mass.

Vatican II did no such thing. The legislation of the Church relaxed the rules of hard-food fasting from required 3 hours to a required 1 hour.

I often go to Mass in the morning before breakfast, so for all intents and purposes, I have fasted from food since the previous night.

I can’t fast from water at all; if I do, I dehydrate to the point of passing out.

Well, due to the fact that I am severely hypoglycemic, I have to eat about every five or six hours or so to keep my blood sugar on track, or I get really loopy and ill. So fasting from midnight onwards for me is out.

Sorry, didn’t know that. I got the info that this change occurred at the time ot Vatican II somewhere on this forum :o .

Well if you were alive during the midnight fast period, you would have been excused from it… Or you could have gone to Mass in the early morning.

I have low blood pressure and am hypoglycemic, so when I wake up I ‘need’ to eat, even if it is just a few spoonfuls of oats with rice-milk…I have passed out or got ‘the shakes’ if I didn’t eat for prolonged periods of time, so I’d rather not risk it.

Anna x

As I said before… People in your condition would be exempt form the fast.

I chose “sometimes” because it can vary. We generally attend a 9 am mass, and since I’m not usually hungry until around 10-1030 am, I don’t eat until after mass. The other mass option we have starts at 12 noon. I always eat breakfast before that one.

My husband generally has coffee and toast upon awakening, so I’d say his fasting is a little over an hour for Sunday mass.

I hate splitting hairs, but I have a splitting hairs question.

Does one abstain for [length of time] before receiving the Eucharist, or does on abstain for [length of time] before Mass starts? There may be a 15-20 minute window there…

And yes, I abstain before Mass starts, just wondering…

The answer is, one hour before receiving the Eucharist itself, not before Mass starts.

Thank you RachelB!

I never consciously fast from Midnight, but I am usually in bed long before that. Daily Mass is at 7:00 am and Sunday Mass is at 8:30. So I do not eat breakfast or have coffee until after that. So I guess I do fast from midnight, but not intentionally.

While it is true the rubrics say before receiving, one can never tell how fast the Mass will move along. For my part, I use the starting time of the Mass, but I know that is not quite correct. On the other hand, using the Mass start time never puts me in a position of not fasting long enough.

We currently attend a Sunday evening (5:30) Mass. Fasting from midnight the night before would be extremely impractical! LOL However, I will say that we start our fast an hour before Mass time, not an hour before when we expect to receive communion. And often, we simply haven’t eaten since lunch, so the fast is likely to be 3 or 4 hours.

We go to 8:30 mass, so yes, we usually don’t eat first. But when I was pregnant, I had to, or I would get sick. I tried to time it 1 hr before mass, but sometimes I had to eat some crackers or something closer to the 1hr before communion time, or else I would have morning sickness. Not good.

We are not obligated to fast before Mass if it would endanger our health. Also, the elderly (I forget the age cut-off) are relived of this obligation altogether, as it can often be deleterious to their health.

So, Teakfrog, you did nothing wrong. In fact, you did exactly the correct thing as your health directly impacted the health of your baby. :thumbsup:

We were reminded of this recently by the pastor in our parish during a homily. This was in response to rash of people, usually elderly and diabetic, who were fainting during Mass. EMS was always called, of course. Paramedics would then come in pick up the person during Mass and transport them to the hospital. On 4 consecutive Sundays in at least one Mass, someone passed out. One Sunday two people passed out during two different Masses and another week, 2 people fainted during the same Mass.

Fortunately, none of these people suffered serious or lasting problems. But all of them passed out because their blood sugar was too low. In most cases, all these people needed was a glass of juice before Mass.

If you are healthy and fasting is not a problem for you, you are obligated to fast. However, if you have a medical condition where fasting may cause problems, you are not obligated to fast.

Yes, I fast from midnight on…

If I am going to Mass Sunday morning, I will fast from midnight. If I am going to the Vigil Mass on Saturday at 4 p.m., I follow the 3 hour fast (I do not eat lunch anyway). If I am going to an evening Mass (either daily Mass or Holy Day Mass), I follow the 3 hour fast (which actually ends up being a lot longer, since I do not eat lunch).

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