From a reader…
I have a fairly bushy mustache. I don’t feel comfortable receiving the Precious Blood as I sometimes get liquids on my mustache, my morning coffee is sometimes a chore.
That said, a friend said I was missing out on part of the sacrament, which I’m certain is untrue. However I am just doublechecking, should I go with a Boston Blackie mustache and receive under both species? Is there some sort of rubric or regulation about facial hair and the chalice?
The only rules that govern facial hair are the often violated commonsense and good taste.
You remember from your catechism that in both or in either of the species of the Eucharist which we can receive, we receive whole and entire the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of the Lord. That’s what we receive if we receive under one species alone or both species. That’s what we receive if the Host is small or large, if the Precious Blood is a drop or a swallow or a draught. In each fragment of a Host, Christ is present.
One can talk about the symbolic value of receiving both kinds, which in many places is stressed to the point that the doctrine of the integrity of the Eucharist is obscured. Any practice that leads people to think that they must receive both kinds is to be avoided. So must we correct the false idea that people must receive Communion at every Mass or they haven’t been to Mass! This leads to sacrilegious Communions on the part of many who haven’t been to confession for years and who are not properly disposed.
If you don’t feel comfortable receiving the Precious Blood, then don’t receive the Precious Blood.
You are not missing out on anything when you receive Communion under one kind. If you receive just the Host in Communion, you receive Christ. You don’t receive “more” Christ by receiving both the Host and the Precious Blood.