The overwhelming response of readers of this blog responded that they prefer to receive normally on the tongue. I applaud them.
I don’t think people who receive on the hand intend irreverence, but I contend that the generalized practice of Communion in the hand has severely damaged the faith of Catholic people in what the Church teaches about the Eucharist.
But there are other issues of reception of Communion which relate to the question of Communion in the hand or on the tongue.
Catholics believe that the Host and all small particles, the Precious Blood and small droplets of It, are the entire Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. This is the perfect and infallible teaching of the Church. Every Catholic is bound to believe this and those who deny it are heretics.
However, we don’t really know how small is small, in the sense of our ability to recognize the accidents of bread and wine which remain after transsubstantiation.
Because we can’t recognize precisely when the accidents of bread or wine cease and the Real Presence of Christ in what remains has ceased, it is entirely reasonable to be cautious and conservative rather than casual and careless about what is a great Mystery.
Another question is how to consume the Host once it is administered by whichever method?
Chew or not?
Allow it to dissolve, soften and then swallow?
Hosts vary in size and consistency.
People have differing abilities to swallow.
Many people of a certain age who attended Catholic were strongly admonished by their teachers, probably sisters, never to chew. They might have been told that that helps to keep some of the Host sticking to teeth. They might have even been told by the pious and well-meaning that you hurt Jesus if you chew Him.
Assuming that you are receiving Communion through some normal means, with reasonably normal Hosts and not those ghastly (in my opinion) homemade "substantial bread" things, how do you consume the Host?
It is assumed that the conditions would be a little different if you are consuming by intinction, but you can still answer the question.
How do you consume the Host?
- Generally avoid chewing and allow It to dissolve or soften before swallowing (63%, 1,374 Votes)
- Generally chew to some degree and then swallow (37%, 815 Votes)
Total Voters: 2,189