From a reader:
I need immediate advice. This morning my son spilled the Precious Blood on his shirt when receiving this morning. There is no sacrarium in the Church. I brought him home and washed the shirt in cold water which I intend to pour into the ground near a tree. However, there is still a stain. Can I use soap? Is Jesus still present when there is a stain or are the accidents sufficiently gone?
I commend you for being so careful!
You don’t have to put the shirt in the tabernacle.
Wash the shirt.
In this case you don’t have to worry. The accidents of "wine" are no longer present. The Presence of Christ was probably broken at the moment the liquid was absorbed and dried a bit, that is, when it was no longer recognizable as "wine". You have to be able to recognize the accidents of wine, not the accidents of a wine stain.
It was always the tradition that stained altar linens were first washed by the priest himself in a first rinsing. The water poured down the sacrarium…. just in case. It was a very prudent practice, and one which stemmed from and fostered reverence and care for the Eucharistic species. There may have been particles of Hosts caught in the linens, etc.
But, in the situation you are describing, I think you did the right thing.
I think this also brings up other questions.
Is it prudent to have Communion under both kinds?
Is it prudent to have the very young receive in that way?
I think laundry tips will be forthcoming from readers.