The reception of Holy Communion is currently a topic of great controversy in the Catholic Church. Bishops generally permit politicians who cross Catholic teaching on grave issues in their public words and actions to continue to receive the Eucharist, and Cardinal Walter Kasper has recently proposed permitting civilly divorced and remarried Catholics to receive the Eucharist as well, an idea that will be taken up at the Synod on the Family in October. One one hand, the Church does teach that Catholics have a general right to the sacraments. On the other hand, the Church also teaches that there are situations in which the sacraments are not to be given or received. Canon thus addresses ministers of the sacrament, practically speaking bishops and priests, while canon addresses would-be communicants. But in an antinomian age in which refusing anyone anything is seen as mean, adverting to canon law feels like legalism to many.
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According to the New Testament , the rite was instituted by Jesus Christ during the Last Supper ; giving his disciples bread and wine during the Passover meal , Jesus commanded his followers to "do this in memory of me" while referring to the bread as "my body" and the cup of wine as "the new covenant in my blood". The elements of the Eucharist, sacramental bread leavened or unleavened and sacramental wine or by some grape juice , are consecrated on an altar or a communion table and consumed thereafter. Communicants, those who consume the elements, may speak of "receiving the Eucharist", as well as "celebrating the Eucharist". Lutherans believe the true body and blood of Christ are really present "in, with, and under" the forms of the bread and wine sacramental union. Do this in remembrance of me". The term "Eucharist" thanksgiving is that by which the rite is referred to  by the Didache late 1st or early 2nd century ,      Ignatius of Antioch who died between 98 and   and Justin Martyr writing between and
Holy Communion as a Matter of Life and Death
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John A. Hardon, S. The religious life and the Eucharist are so closely related that the one can scarcely be conceived without the other. In the history of the Church, religious life began with the Eucharist; different orders and congregations took their root in the devotion of their founders to the Eucharist and, in the course of time, the spiritual vigor of religious communities and their apostolic effectiveness have been measured by the Eucharist.