For many people their formation and experience has shaped them to come with a very personal and individualistic sense of receiving communion and being strengthened in grace. For some, it is more important to receive communion than to participate in Mass itself. For some, the participation in Sunday celebrations in the absence of a priest is not very important, whereas to receive communion would be.
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Hardiman, R. (2005). 'Communio' and Communion: Eucharistic issues far beyond translations. Pastoral Liturgy, 35(2-3), 11-14.