From a reader:
A new convert is considering whether or not to commune by receiving on the tongue (almost never seen in his parish). Can you direct me to an article or post that explains the significance of receiving on the tongue and also the signficance of the priest’s hands being anointed?
First, I think he would do well to receive Holy Communion directly on the tongue and from the hands of the priest.
I am not sure articles are necessary, since the reasons for this are pretty clear. But surely some readers could make suggestions.
Here is a quick answer.
In summary, reception of Communion on the tongue is advantageous for a number of reasons. First, there is a practical consideration, since it reduces the risk of profanation of the Eucharist. Second, it more clearly manifests what should be our attitude during the sacred action: active receptivity. Our physical postures and attitudes simultaneously reflect and shape our inner attitudes.
Also, the priest’s hands at ordination are anointed with chrism so as to prepare them, or conform them, so to speak, to the tasks they will perform, including handling that which is more sacred, the Eucharist. Also, the priest during Holy Mass is acting as "another Christ… alter Christus". Who better to distribute the Eucharist to the faithful than the priest?
Finally, … for the combox…
Spare us your nightmare stories.
We know things can be bad.
Let’s stick to the topic and help the questioner, rather than gripe.