What does it mean when you cry after receiving the Eucharist?

I’m sorry if this is a pointless question, but I’ve been pondering about it for a few days now. As I received the Eucharist at Saturday Mass, tears began to well up in my eyes. Once I took [ate] the Eucharist, I began to cry. I felt so happy, yet so sad, all at the same time. What does this mean, and why does it happen?

Thanks to all who answer :slight_smile:

Much Love,

This may mean that God, divine grace is touching your soul, and your crying is your own response to this inner event.
I would not be ashamed to cry on such occasions.

I’m not ashamed in the least bit. Just curious.

Yes, it sounds like grace. It’s happened to me a few times, at the consecration. I wish it were more often.

Been happening to me the past two days at daily mass.

St. Catherine of Siena wrote about tears. May be worth a browse if you have the time…:slight_smile:

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I would say that you felt the presence of the Holy Ghost…

I was received into the Church this past Easter and I cried after I received the Eucharist. Like, crying like a baby, having to blow my nose. lol:blush: My RCIA sponsor told me it was the Holy Spirit.

it happens to me sometimes also. i believe it is the Holy Spirit.

It is called the gift of tears. Saint Dominic would spend nights before the Tabernacle in tears of reparation for the sins of mankind. Those tears are properly a mixture of sorrow for your sins, and of joy at God’s mercy. You are blessed. Relatively few receive this gift.

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I always have to take a tissue with me to Mass. I get so emotional starting with the consecration. The tears come just as I’m about to receive and I usually try to tamp it down a bit before I upset the family. They are tears of awe and tears of joy.

Maybe you felt the love of Jesus touch your heart- that would reduce me to tears of happiness

Always cry t passion plays or readings during Lent when we go up and kiss the crucifix. I get embarrassed because I hate crying in public and I don’t want people to think I’m showing off for lack of better words.

i never heard of this. it happens to me after i receive and go back to kneel. there i start praying and thanking God and start crying.

You need not take my word for it. Ask Father!

That is awesome! It seems you were “touched by God!” :slight_smile:

That’s awesome! I feel so special now. :slight_smile:

This, properly described, is a charism. Charisms are gifts of the Holy Spirit, given to us for the building up of the Church and the giving of all glory to God. From the catechism:

798 The Holy Spirit is "the principle of every vital and truly saving action in each part of the Body."247 He works in many ways to build up the whole Body in charity:248 by God’s Word “which is able to build you up”;249 by Baptism, through which he forms Christ’s Body;250 by the sacraments, which give growth and healing to Christ’s members; by “the grace of the apostles, which holds first place among his gifts”;251 by the virtues, which make us act according to what is good; finally, by the many special graces (called “charisms”), by which he makes the faithful "fit and ready to undertake various tasks and offices for the renewal and building up of the Church."252


799 Whether extraordinary or simple and humble, charisms are graces of the Holy Spirit which directly or indirectly benefit the Church, ordered as they are to her building up, to the good of men, and to the needs of the world.

800 Charisms are to be accepted with gratitude by the person who receives them and by all members of the Church as well. They are a wonderfully rich grace for the apostolic vitality and for the holiness of the entire Body of Christ, provided they really are genuine gifts of the Holy Spirit and are used in full conformity with authentic promptings of this same Spirit, that is, in keeping with charity, the true measure of all charisms.253

801 It is in this sense that discernment of charisms is always necessary. No charism is exempt from being referred and submitted to the Church’s shepherds. "Their office [is] not indeed to extinguish the Spirit, but to test all things and hold fast to what is good,"254 so that all the diverse and complementary charisms work together "for the common good."255

If we shed tears after partaking of the divine nature via the Holy Eucharist, and those tears express a combination of sorrow and joy, we may be assured that they are from God.

@po18guy: Father who?

Any Priest.

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