The People kneel.
As the Priest takes the Host and breaks it, he sings or says:
(Alleluia.) Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;
People: Therefore let us keep the feast. (Alleluia.)
(7) For Christ, our paschal lamb, has been sacrificed. (8) Let us, therefore, celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth (RSVCE).
(7) For Christ our pasch is sacrificed. (8) Therefore let us feast, not with the old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth (Douay-Rheims)
1 Corinthians 5
It is actually reported that there is immorality among you, and of a kind that is not found even among pagans; for a man is living with his father’s wife. 2 And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you.
3 For though absent in body I am present in spirit, and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment 4 in the name of the Lord Jesus on the man who has done such a thing. When you are assembled, and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus, 5 you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
6 Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? 7 Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our paschal lamb, has been sacrificed. 8 Let us, therefore, celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
9 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with immoral men; 10 not at all meaning the immoral of this world, or the greedy and robbers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. 11 But rather I wrote to you not to associate with any one who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or robber—not even to eat with such a one. 12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? 13 God judges those outside. “Drive out the wicked person from among you.”
- Immorality is incompatible with the Christian life (v. 1; vs. 6 & 7).
- Immorality, therefore, has no place in the Church (v. 2).
- Immorality in the Church must be judged by the Church (vs. 3-5).
- Immoral behaviour contaminates the brethren (v. 6).
- Be holy (vs. 7 & 8).
- The Mass—the festival—is not shared with those living in sin (v. 8).
- We are not to associate with those who bear the name of Christian (brother, v. 11) but who have betrayed the Faith (until they come to repentance).
- An important distinction: those outside the Church are judged by God (vs. 9-13)
We confess our sins because we have been "called out" of the world, not in the sense St. Paul intends in his letter to the Corinthians. We must be in the world to lead others out of sin, out of worldliness. As mentioned previously, we are in the world, just not of it. We are called away from worldliness. We are called to be holy.
ecclesia: from Medieval Latin, from Late Greek ekklēsia assembly, from ekklētos called, from ekkalein to call out, from kalein to call
Holy Gospel according to St. John, Chapter 4
(15) If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
(21) He who has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me; and he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.
(23) If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. (24) He who does not love me does not keep my words(.)
(5:8) Let us, therefore, celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
We do not presume to come to this thy Table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
- One who is to receive the Most Holy Eucharist is to abstain from any food or drink, with the exception only of water and medicine, for at least the period of one hour before Holy Communion.
- A priest who celebrates the Most Holy Eucharist two or three times on the same day may take something before the second or third celebration even if the period of one hour does not intervene.
- Those who are advanced in age or who suffer from any infirmity, as well as those who take care of them, can receive the Most Holy Eucharist even if they have taken something during the previous hour.