Q. 1. How should one prepare prior to the arrival of the priest who is bringing Holy Communion to someone who is sick in the home?
A. 1. First of all, the atmosphere in the home should be similar to a Church atmosphere, quiet, suitable for prayer and the display of reverence towards the Holy Eucharist, the Real Presence of Christ. Electronics that may distract, such as the television, radio, music player, computers should be turned off.
Throughout the visit of the priest (or the Eucharistic Minister), those present should refrain from all unnecessary talking.
Fifteen minutes prior to the expected arrival of the priest, the sick person and those present should prepare themselves for the arrival of the Holy Eucharist. Such should be implemented through suitable prayers and moments of silence. During the service, the sick person is encouraged to participate with those present in choosing the prayers and readings for the Liturgy of the Word.
The priest should be informed prior to his coming if more than one person will be receiving Holy Communion. The caregivers may receive the Eucharist with the sick person.
The home where the priest will be attending should prepare a table that is covered with a white linen cloth. On the table, there should be two lit candles, these being lit prior to the arrival of the priest. There should also be a vessel of holy water where such is the custom.
Note: A glass of drinking water and a spoon should be placed on the table in case the sick person has difficulty swallowing the Consecrated Host.
Someone, possibly the caregiver, should meet the priest at the door of the home and guide him to the room of the sick person.
The sick person should be provided with the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Confession prior to receiving Holy Communion. If such applies, those present should withdraw from the room until such time as the Sacrament of Confession is completed.