From a reader:
This morning we got the double whammy. After subjecting us to the “We are the Eucharist” homily, the priest, after moving the Hosts from one ciborium to another, brushed his hands off over the floor (carpeted.) Is there any measure that should be taken in respect to fallen particles?
Perhaps the great care inherent in the rubrics of the Extraordinary Form will help over time by a gravitational pull to reshape the ars celebrandi of the Ordinary Form.
Without have the slightest idea what sort of fellow this priest is, I suspect your best approach would be to drop him a note to tell him how watching him brush his hands off like that made you feel.
You might want to stick to the feelings approach, rather than toss theology or law at him.
Perhaps something along the lines of:
When I saw you brush your hands off after handling Hosts from the ciborium my heart fell. It made me profoundly sad to think that particles of Hosts fell to the carpeted floor.
Perhaps start with that. After that you could perhaps seek an explanation from the local bishop about the propriety of brushing particles of Hosts off one’s hands and onto the floor.
Some people will want to debate whether or not very small particles of Host are still recognizable as having the accidents of bread and are still, therefore, the Eucharistic Lord. However, the sensibilities of the people in the pews count for a great deal in these matters. We have to be very careful not to bruise people’s sensibilities and beliefs and reverence for the Eucharist.
It is so easy for priests (deacons) to take a little more care so as to communicate the deep reverence we have for our Eucharistic Lord. We have to communicate our Faith also be our gestures.
Acting in a haphazard way signals to people that what is being handled isn’t that important.