Do you believe that each particle of a Host is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ Jesus, God and man?
Do you receive Communion in the hand?
A reader sent two photos. The first is of an unconsecrated communion host rest on the palm of a black glove.
This photo shows the fragments left behind.
"But Father! But Father!", some of you will perhaps be howling now. "That’s a glove, not a hand! We don’t know that that is what happens with hosts put into people’s hands! That’s not fair!"
I grant that we don’t know. I grant that palms are not gloves. I grant that there are differences.
Consider the lack of care with which many receive, how they move the Host around and handle it.
Consider that often there is a more or less properly prepared EMHC also handling the Host.
Consider the condition of the skin of the palm.
Consider the few seconds after a person transfers the Host from palm to mouth.
Consider that the Host has been in contact not only with the palm, but the fingers of the other hand.
Let me be clear: I do not think people intend to be irreverent when they receive on the hand.
Knowing that most Eastern Catholics have a different manner of receiving in both species, here is a question for you Latin Catholics.
How do you Latin Catholics generally/habitually receive Holy Communion?
- Directly on the tongue (including intinction) (84%, 2,425 Votes)
- In the hand (16%, 474 Votes)
Total Voters: 2,899