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Ask Fr. Francis: Is it a Mass? Can I receive Holy Communion?

The following is an excerpt from askfrfrancis.org. Fr. Francis Ching, CC answers tough questions about the Catholic faith.

Fr. Francis Ching PortraitQuestion: 

I was invited to my friend's baptismal celebration at an Anglican Church in Hong Kong (St. John's Cathedral). Is it a Mass? Can I receive the Holy Communion?

Fr. Francis' answer:

The Anglican Church, depending on the particular congregation, is often categorized into High Anglican Church and Low Anglican Church. The Low Anglican Church refers to those congregations that are more similar to the mainstream Protestant denominations, who do not believe in the Real Presence of the Eucharist and their Sunday liturgy is more akin to a Protestant service. The High Anglican Church refers to those congregations whose beliefs, sacraments and liturgy are still faithful to the original Catholic traditions.

So, if you are going to the Anglican cathedral, chances are it is high Anglican. Their mass will look very similar to that of the Catholic Church, and they may even have a tabernacle. Many in the High Anglican tradition also believe in the Real Presence of the Eucharist. In all appearance, they would seem the same as the Catholic Church.

However, there are a number of significant differences. As a result, Catholics are not able to receive their Holy Communion...

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