From a reader:
To-day at Mass in the University, I served the altar. After some brief communion-devotions, I kept a keen eye on those who had received the sacrament in the hand. One girl, of student age but who I did not recognise, took the sacrament from the EMHC without consuming it. I got up and followed her. She then tried to pass it to a man.
Thankfully, I got there just in time to take it off her. As the ciborium was still being cleansed, I immediately consumed the sacrament, putting it into my mouth. I then informed the priest who then told me that they had apologised. I found the entire thing very fishy. In any of this did I do anything wrong?
No, I don’t think you did anything wrong. We must all be observant concerning liturgical abuses. If for liturgical abuses, then even more for possible profanation of the Blessed Sacrament.
We don’t know the reason why the girl did what she did. There has been such wretched catechesis in so many place for so long, such a lowering of liturgical standards, that she thought she was doing something good. But objectively speaking, what she did was wrong and needed to be corrected.
This sort of thing could be greatly reduced by the elimination of Communion in the hand.
In Redemptionis Sacramentum we read:
[92.] Although each of the faithful always has the right to receive Holy Communion on the tongue, at his choice, if any communicant should wish to receive the Sacrament in the hand, in areas where the Bishops’ Conference with the recognitio of the Apostolic See has given permission, the sacred host is to be administered to him or her. However, special care should be taken to ensure that the host is consumed by the communicant in the presence of the minister, so that no one goes away carrying the Eucharistic species in his hand. If there is a risk of profanation, then Holy Communion should not be given in the hand to the faithful.
In some places danger of profanation is much greater.
We need clearer preaching about the Blessed Sacrament.