The entry on Communion in the hand, which had photos of a black glove before and after an unconsecrated host was placed on it, has generated a lot of comments.
Some people were concerned that experiment the photos showed perhaps wasn’t well conducted.
Another reader, a seminarian, took the matter in hand and gave this experiment another try. I have here the message sent with the photos and the photos themselves. You can click any of the photos for larger versions.
I recently saw the "black glove test" photos that you posted on your blog, and read some of the objections some people had to the experiment (felt glove, possibility of lint beforehand, etc.). To help settle the issue, I performed a similar experiment using clean, black leather gloves. I’ve attached "before" and "after" photos of the results. For those interested in my experimental method, I observed the following points:
1. I performed the experiment three times.
2. Before each trial I ensured that the glove was free of any lint or other contaminant particles
3. I gently placed a new, unconsecrated host in the palm of the glove. I tried to reproduce the distribution of communion in the hand that one generally sees at mass, both in placing the host in the hand, and removing it several seconds afterwards. I did not use excessive force, or rub the host against the glove in any way.
4. The results from all three trials were very similar, with four to ten particles of bread clearly visible to the naked eye
Here are the photos sent by the seminarian who conducted the experiment.