As we celebrate our belief in Christ's Real Presence in the Most Holy Eucharist on this Solemnity of Corpus Christi, we are reminded of a few spiritual practices/teachings regarding the reception of Holy Communion at Mass: (1) In order to receive Holy Communion, a person must be free of serious sin (this includes deliberately missing Sunday Mass, especially on a regular basis); (2) A person should fast/refrain from food and drink (with the exception of water and medicine) ONE HOUR prior to receiving Holy Communion; (3) A person should NOT be chewing gum when receiving our Lord in Holy Communion; (4) When standing in front of the priest/Extraordinary Minister, a bow is made as a sign of reverence for the Holy Eucharist; (5) The response when receiving Holy Communion is "AMEN" - no other words or phrases should be substituted or used; (6) When receiving Holy Communion in the hand, one hand should be placed on top of the other and extended properly to form a "throne" to receive the Lord in the Eucharist. After receiving the Consecrated Host in the palm of your hand, It should be carefully and reverently picked up using the other hand and placed on your tongue. The Consecrated Host should NOT be "licked up", "sucked up" or "popped" into one's mouth using only one hand (as if a person were "popping a pill" into one's mouth). Try to be at Mass on time and don’t shortchange God the time He deserves from you by leaving Mass early. Our actions reflect our beliefs! May the way in which we celebrate and receive the Holy Eucharist help us to grow in our faith and our love for our Eucharistic Lord!