People must be aware of the meaning of the holy communion every time they partake, regardless of how frequently or infrequently they do so. They are not worthy to take it if it does not make them spiritually aware of and grateful for Christ's sacrifice and this act of redemption. This is not a one-time act, but rather a constant awareness that each person must have each time they partake in this sacrament.
The other point is that we should take advantage of this opportunity to confess any sins to God. Although confessing to a priest or another person may be effective and appropriate in some cases, we are not required to do so. However, we must ask the Holy Spirit to search our hearts and reveal any sins we may have. Some of them may be familiar to us from the days or weeks before!
In that case, we must simply confess them as sins before God in our minds, accepting responsibility for our actions and truly repenting, asking God for forgiveness...which He will always grant if the sins are confessed honestly. It is not enough to simply say in our hearts, "God, forgive me if I have sinned." That is not accepting responsibility for one's sin, confessing it, or leading to repentance. How can we be truly repentant of something we refuse to acknowledge?
We must never become so engrossed in the food and drink available to us that the importance of the bread and wine of Holy Communion is diminished. Other church fellowship meals may exist, but they must never supplant or encroach upon the personal spiritual act of receiving Holy Communion. It is a holy (set apart) service and time for reflection on the main part of the Gospel of Christ: Jesus' sacrificial death. It may be administered by various people or at various times. There can be no salvation and no heaven for us unless we acknowledge this.
Even those who participate can become ill or die if they do so in an unworthy manner. This is a serious matter. For our own good, God requires us to be aware of the substitutionary atonement at all times. Although fellowship meals are beneficial, they can also lead to gluttony and social inequality, both of which God despises. The other "meal" we consume is far more significant, and it must be regarded and treated as holy and dedicated solely to God.
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