I’ve seen a few threads about this already, but it’s a subject that intrigues me. It seems that the general rule according to canon law is that you can receive Eucharist twice in one day, provided certain circumstances are met (second time must be in context of a Mass, etc). I assume that this is a law put in place to prevent people from treating the Eucharist with superstition by receiving as many times as possible.
The reason I’m interested by this is because I belong to a large parish in which I am one of the go-to Cantors for weekend Masses. In normal circumstances I sing one Mass on Saturday evening and two on Sunday morning, and I’ve been receiving Communion each time. Technically that means I’m within the “limit” of twice a calendar day. But then there may be times when I fill in for another singer during another Sunday Mass in addition to my usual two, and then my schedule gets even more crowded during Christmas - two Christmas Eve Masses (in addition to two in the morning if Christmas Eve is a Sunday!), then Midnight Mass, then another two Christmas Morning Masses.
Up until this point I’ve only known about any sort of “communion limit” very vaguely, and it was usually in the context of personal opinions and not canon law. As such, I haven’t usually prevented myself from receiving during any Mass I participate in if I get the chance to.
Now I highly doubt that God is automatically offended if we happen to receive the gift of the Body and Blood of His Son more than a specified number of times a day, but I do recognize that the limit was put in place to make sure our hearts and minds are in the right place when receiving the Eucharist. Do you think that receiving too many times in one day (for someone in my sort of situation) can damage one’s appreciation for the sacrament? I want to make sure I give Christ’s Body and Blood their due reverence, but I don’t want to get caught up in the technicalities of it either. Thoughts?