In the Holy Eucharist we receive the very Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ.
Gives us innumerable precious graces.
Is an intimate encounter with Christ.
Deepens unity with the Church, more fully assimilating us into Christ . We sacramentally receive Him into our bodies, that we may be more deeply assimilated into His.
Strengthens the individual because it is Jesus Himself, the Word made flesh.
Forgives our venial sins and gives us the strength to resist mortal sin.
Is the very channel of eternal life. "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is real food, and my blood is real drink. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him." (John 6:53)
BEFORE RECEIVING COMMUNION THERE ARE SEVERAL REQUIREMENTS.
1. You must be in a state of grace.
"Whoever therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. " (1st Corinthians 11:27)
The Didache witnesses to this practice of the early Church. "But first make confession of your faults, so that your sacrifice may be a pure one".