What is the sacrament of the Eucharist?
The Eucharist is “the fount and apex” of the whole Christian life, the crowning of Christian initiation and the necessary nourishment to live as a Christian adult and committed to the Gospel.
This sacrament was instituted by Jesus Himself in the Last Supper as a memorial of His surrender to the cross for our salvation. In the Mass celebration the whole Christian community, presided by its ministers, is gathered around the altar to participate in the table of the Word of God, listening to the biblical readings and being instructed in the homily. To participate in the table of the Eucharist where, through consecration, the bread and wine become the true Body and Blood of Christ, food for our temporal and eternal life. In it, we announce the death of Jesus Christ, we proclaim joyful His resurrection, and we await His return.
All baptised must participate actively and assiduously in the Eucharist celebration, at least on Sundays and precept days.
At the Sagrada Família Masses are celebrated both in the Crypt and the Basilica, in Catalan and Spanish. You may consult the timetables.
Who can receive the Eucharist?
The Communion is the most sacred act since we receive the Body and the Blood of Christ. To receive the Eucharist, one must be in the right disposition, that is: abide by Eucharistic Fast and to not have any grave sin on one’s conscience.
I am ill and I can’t attend Mass. How can I receive communion?
From the beginning of Christianity, the Church, at the end of the Eucharist, would bring the communion to the ill at their homes. Actually, the habit of having a “reservation” of Eucharist in the Tabernacle is motivated precisely because of this fact.
If someone is ill, at home or at the hospital, and cannot attend Mass, you can ask the priests, the sacristy, or the Pastoral Office so that they can bring the communion at home, and if one wishes, also confess.
Can the non-Catholic or non-baptised receive communion?
No, because it is a sacrament of the Church and, as such, it is reserved for Catholic faithful. At the time of the communion, the children or adults that have not received the First Communion yet may approach the minister with crossed arms on the chest to receive a blessing.
What do I need in for my child to receive the First Communion?
A baptised child can continue their Christian initiation process and receive communion for the first time from the age of eight. In order to prepare thoroughly this important step in their spiritual life, they will need to participate in the planned catechesis.
How to participate in the Eucharist at the Sagrada Família?
From Monday to Saturday:
9:00 a.m. Spanish
8:00 p.m. Catalan
9:00 a.m. International Mass at the basilica (entrance through C/ de la Marina)
10:30 a.m. Catalan
11:45 a.m. Spanish
1:00 p.m. Catalan
6:30 p.m. Catalan
8:00 p.m. Spanish
What must a Catholic group that wants to celebrate a Eucharist at the Sagrada Família do?
Fill out the form.
What do I need to do to participate in the International Mass at the basilica of the Sagrada Família?
- Participation in this Mass is open to everyone who wishes. You only need to go at the entrance of the basilica on Carrer de la Marina (Nativity Façade) well in advance, as capacity is limited.
- If you are a group, it is convenient to announce your participation sufficiently in advance by filling out the form.