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February 8th, 2013 - KarrylClaire-942072 said:

on the tongue.

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February 2nd, 2013 - Tess-922428 said:

On the tongue.

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January 25th, 2013 - Susan-762801 said:

I receive on the tongue. I personally wish we would go back to kneeling (and I remember when we folded our hands under the altar cloth) and the priest would distribute to everyone with an altar boy holding the patten. If you think about it, since they began receiving in the hands, people just walk up with hands at their sides, or even in pockets, looking around, I have seen gum chewing on the way up, dress is generally way too casual - we have lost all respect for the Body and Blood of Christ.

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January 23rd, 2013 - Isabel-935557 said:

I take communion on the tongue. My belief is once bread is transformed into the body and blood of christ, it is sacred and I am not worthy to touch it.

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January 17th, 2013 - Danielle-902026 said:

I agree Yesenia!!! 110%

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December 30th, 2012 - Michael-855491 said:

in hand

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December 9th, 2012 - Meg-920823 said:

I do not want to hold the Sacred Host; the Priest's hands are consecrated at his Ordination.

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December 8th, 2012 - Lisa-801067 said:

Actually i do both. I don't like shaking hand with everyone and then taking communion on the hand though. I prefer the tongue.

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November 19th, 2012 - Michael-854732 said:

On the tongue or it is desecration of the host, per new ordinances. The Eucharist has become consecrated as the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ and should be treated with all do respect. In the MASS much care is taken to not drop crumbs on the floor or throw broken leftovers in the garbage ,as such, How do we dare feel our unclean hands are capable of holding our savior.

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November 15th, 2012 - Bea-817575 said:

On the tongue.

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October 20th, 2012 - Lewis-892252 said:

Communion should be taken on the tongue and on your knees as it use to be. We as a society have gotten lazy and not wanting to kneel before Jesus Christ who is present in the Eucharist, and we must always kneel before God.

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October 8th, 2012 - Jacinta-80503 said:

I take Holy Communion on the tongue as I do not feel i am worthy to receive the Lord in my hands. I am a cradle catholic and also prefer to receive Communion at the Alter rails kneeling in front of the alter. Sadly many churches do not have alter rails. I also preferred the Latin masses as I used to sing in the choir and there was more reverence in churches then

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September 30th, 2012 - Guadalupe-873127 said:

On the hand. I remember kneeling at the altar and receiving the host, but glad it changed.

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September 24th, 2012 - Mary-440343 said:

I have switched over to the tongue as when I had been a child. For me, it is a more sacred tradition that only the priest or the minister of communion is touching the sacred host.

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September 21st, 2012 - Lisa-898732 said:

I receive Communion in my hand because I feel like it's more of a choice to receive in the hand than on the tongue. It makes the process more active for me. That may be a controversial reason, but receiving Communion is THE best moment during the week for me. I have so much anticipation that it feels like my body is shaking (even though it isn't). Putting the host into my mouth is a very thoughtful act for me. I am not just doing it, I am thinking about what I am receiving. What a magnificent feeling! Whatever way you choose to receive, be sure to take in all of its glory. It does not matter what the norm is. All Eucharistic Ministers should be trained on how to give Communion on the tongue (and the priests should for sure know). Do what is right in your heart, not what you think you should do (or not do). Be thoughtful and reverent. :)

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September 20th, 2012 - Marcus-886263 said:

The hand. Just preference.

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September 14th, 2012 - Joy-855038 said:

The Eucharistic Ministers' apply hand sanitizer just before offering communion. The first time, I was taken aback by the taste of the sanitizer when I received the host. I take communion by hand and preferred it that way. But I am of the old school and would accept it by mouth if that was the norm in the church I was attending in a different locale.

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September 13th, 2012 - Susan-762801 said:

I receive our Lord on the tongue. I actually wish we would go back to kneeling at altar railing by the priest w/the altar boy holding the patton (sp?). There was a reason for all of this. It would give us all more time to pray after. I am very traditional because there was much more respect...in the way people dressed and acted and attendance at Mass was high--most Catholic families went every Sunday. Okay, so I'm a little older:):) Since the casualness crept in, attendance is down and the dress is way too casual (at least here in California). Just kills me to see people going up to confession in shorts and hands just down at their sides looking around...like they are in line for an ice cream cone!

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September 3rd, 2012 - Rodrigo-889961 said:

Here in the U.S. I take it in the hand only when I travel outside I take it in the tongue.

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August 25th, 2012 - Meredith-888219 said:

In the hand. At all 3 Catholic churches I've attended, that is the norm.

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July 29th, 2012 - Claudia-618039 said:

IN THE TONGUE

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April 28th, 2012 - Paula-184673 said:

In the hand

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February 4th, 2012 - Lyl-799520 said:

I still take it in the mouth...there's something really sacred about that...

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February 2nd, 2012 - Natalia-815791 said:

Thinking in the health of the priest and the ministers, is maybe a better option take the Holy Form in the hand, to many people can lick the hand of the priest, and thiss annoying, because the saliva has too many bacteria. I think is better use the hand. Does not matter the way, when I really believe Gods in there. and when you have clean your heart.

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January 22nd, 2012 - Dennis-593298 said:

I don't "take" Communion. I receive It, as It is a gift. I am not worthy to handle It, so I receive on the tongue.

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January 15th, 2012 - Carolyn-764114 said:

On the tongue. The Holy Father prefers it that way, and as the successor of St. Peter I prefer to follow his wishes, although I do agree it does feel awkward.

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November 28th, 2011 - Alan-388552 said:

On the tongue. I'm afraid of dropping the host!

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September 27th, 2011 - Andrew-766945 said:

Both, though I really do in the hand for Novus Ordo, not Eastern Divine Liturgy or Tridentine Mass.

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September 17th, 2011 - Freddie-714102 said:

it never occurred to me that laymen are not competent to give communion, nor did it occur to me that it is not supposed to be handled with your hands like a tortilla chip. all this i learned while attending the traditional latin mass. God bless it all.

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June 6th, 2011 - David-44807 said:

I take it in the mouth. Grew up to sacred to touch.

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March 16th, 2011 - Shoshana-700126 said:

In the hand...

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December 27th, 2010 - Yvonne-616339 said:

On my way to receive the holy communion, I always feel great of the chance to receive JESUS, body and blood. I don't think of any other things like how safe/clean the way they prepare it. I used to take either way, it depends upon whats the most common way people are using in a particular church. If i take it by hand, I just make sure there's no fragments/particles that left in my hand.

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November 22nd, 2010 - Ramona-652361 said:

hand because that's how it's offered at my church, I'd like to take wine too but had a bad experience once, yuck, will not share the details, I liked the Byzantine way, bread and wine in the cup, head back, long spoon drops it in

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January 4th, 2010 - Ryan-196066 said:

I agree with Jack... Personally, I prefer to receive on the tongue as an added gesture of humility, submission, and reverence, but I think either way is perfectly acceptable -- the disposition of the person receiving the Eucharist is more important than which part of the body they choose to receive it on.

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December 11th, 2009 - Gina-517296 said:

I recieve our Lord on the tongue. I agree with John 220051, communion in hand is a sacrilege. Absolutely.

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November 13th, 2009 - Barbara-505962 said:

I prefer receiving communion on the tongue....but since the H1N1 scare they will not allow it at my church.

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November 13th, 2009 - John-220051 said:

Communion in hand is a sacrilege. At least we don't have communion in hand in the Eastern rites.

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October 24th, 2009 - Chris-499067 said:

Always and only on the tongue!!!!

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January 14th, 2009 - Christina-107357 said:

Although I recognize that it's a valid way to receive communion, I've seen too many abuses with communion in the hand: people drop It; take communion home; I saw one person put it in her purse and forgot about it, then dropped it at home when she pulled stuff out of her purse, and then put it back into her purse. I think people's intentions are good but the result is a disaster. Additionally, I believe that reverence is lost to some degree. I prefer communion by tongue. It solves a multitude of problems.

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January 12th, 2009 - Editha-119696 said:

I'm so very sorry, I just sent "I just don't agree communion by tongue". It's the other way, please. Meaning, I do not agree communion by the hand.

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January 12th, 2009 - Editha-119696 said:

I just don't agree communion by tongue.

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January 9th, 2009 - Ma-307949 said:

Not only do I receive His flash on my tongue but I also made a commitment to kneeling before the King of the universe in reverence . It seems that after spending time in adoration God has opened my "spiritual" eyes, a bit more. Now it just seems like common sense but yet I used to receive Him on my hands. Think about it, if U were to receive communion from the pope, would U kneel? But yet this is the same Christ & much more than the pope. Funny how it feels different too when doing so. I admit feeling a bit of Peer pressure or fear af critisism at times, but I promised Jesus not to "deny" Him. I feel that this is my small way of reminding others of His greatness & breaking the mundane, apathy I witness at times.

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January 8th, 2009 - Mike-41230 said:

Gregory wrote "Mother Theresa once said something to the effect that communion in the hand is the worst thing that has happened to the Church."

I've read something similar to what Gregory wrote but I think it said the worst sin committed these days. I've received the Eucharist on the tongue since I've read that.

I avoid the Extraordinary Ministers as much as I can but sometimes that is not possible. When I have gone out of my way to avoid the Extraordinary Ministers I can feel the dagger eyes upon me from some female members of the community.

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January 7th, 2009 - Duane-143268 said:

i take it with my hands

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January 7th, 2009 - Colleen-245912 said:

By tongue is the only way that we should receive the most precious Body & Blood of our Lord Jesus. I also do not like to receive from lay ministers as their hands are not concentrated and neither are my hands for that matter. In observing Pope John Paul when he would celebrate Mass, he never gave anyone communion in the hand . . . . that spoke volumes to me. God Bless all!!!

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January 7th, 2009 - Todd-220696 said:

Until the use of patens becomes the norm again I'll be receiving the Eucharist in my hand...hands as close to the ciborium as possible.

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January 6th, 2009 - Chris-139800 said:

Just a quick response to AnnaMarie.

EHMC I think is incorrect, it should be EMHC. This does not stand for Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion as that would be redundant. It stands for EXTRAORDINARY Minsters of Holy Communion. Meaning they are not the ordinary ministers. The only ordinary ministers are the priests.

Priests hands have been consecrated, not just washed, for this express purpose.

Peace sister

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January 6th, 2009 - AnnaMarie-51087 said:

Reverence is with the receiver of the Eucharist. I know of a person who received the Eucharist in the mouth only to take it out of the church and home for all intents and purposes to desecrate the Eucharist. I know of another person who took it in their mouth and then threw it up in the toilet as this person was bulemic and purged themselves. that person has since converted and is no longer bulemic and speaks to youth groups about this disorder.

The Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion, (EMHC) in my parish process in with the lector and priest at the ebginning of mass. They wear robes, not an alb but a choir type robe covering their secular clothing. Immediately after the sign of peace they go into the sacristy and wash their hands. Immediately after distributing they dip theier fingerrs into a glass dish of water to remove any sacred dust or particles of the Eucharist and wipe their hands on a whie cloth-corporal. There are two EHMC's at the mass and each has a server including a server for the priest who holds a paten to catch any Eucharist that may fall. Those servers are very observant and are quite good at moving the paten for the height of the receiver.

My point is giving and receiving the Eucharist may be done in a very reverent manner in the hand or on the tongue. unfortuantely the reverse may be also true. If the receiver is not in the proper spiritual mind set, it can be irreverent no matter which way it is given and received.

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January 6th, 2009 - Gerald-265124 said:

Pope John Paul II proclaimed on the tongue.

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January 5th, 2009 - Chris-139800 said:

First off, since HMC permits the practice of communion on the hand, far be it from me to condemn it.

That being said, HMC does not demand us to like what She does, merely accept with Faith. Therefore, while I accept this as permitted, it seems to me that it encourages irreverence and over familiarity with this most awesome of Sacraments.

I can't help but feel that there is absolutely no reason to receive on the hand when one could receive on the tongue. I agree strongly with Thomas that receiving on the tongue feels more like being fed, than feeding oneself.

All that being said, if HMC permits it, who am I to question? But please Lord, help our Mama the Church to bring back reverence to You in the Eucharist!

Peace to all.

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January 5th, 2009 - Thomas-317320 said:

I used to receive (often in a state of mortal sin- pray for me), however as I got back to the Church and became more devout, only on the tongue. Why? Because:

In addition to the other practical matters written here (and I haven't read them all, so I might be repeating),

I am not a priest, so I don't think I am properly ordained or even trained to handle the Body & Blood; I entrust such responsibility to the priest; and

I am RECEIVING the Body and Blood, and I am BEING FED by Holy Mother Church; I am not taking and feeding myself. Amen.

I read somewhere that receiving Communion by hand distressed and saddened M. Theresa. I think I can see why. As for Extraordinaries, it's not my choice or decision or preference, but I trust HMC to appoint through the priesthood whomever she sees fit or necessary to distribute Communion- therefore I make no distinction (though I used to, and now I still prefer to receive from a priest).

Enough parentheticals? (I think so).

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January 5th, 2009 - Mike-41230 said:

It's too bad the polls get closed. I doubt it would be 61.2% on the hand and 38.8% on the tounge if the poll was not closed. It's not really an accurate poll if the polling gets closed.

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January 5th, 2009 - Mike-41230 said:

On the tongue only. My hands have not been blessed like the priests' have.

And once a month while kneeling at a Latin Mass. It would be every Sunday if the Latin Mass was offered here every Sunday. Other Sundays I go to the New Mass.

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January 5th, 2009 - Michael-112734 said:

Do you believe it's the body of Jesus, or do you see it as just a wafer?

The priest washed his fingers and touched nothing except the host with those two fingers after washing them. Do you know for sure where the Eucheristic Ministers hands were before giving you the host? Was he using his hands to block a cough, picking his nose, scratching an itch, or shaking hands with someone else who did just before? And since the Eucherist Minister doesnt use a patton, what about all the fine particles stuck to his fingers or yours, or particles that have fallen to the floor and are being stepped on. ...or later on the body of Jesus will be sucked up in the vacuum cleaner by the cutodian along with everything else. Are you people nuts? Do you think it shows respect towards Jesus and the mass?

If someone put very fine gold dust into your hand, you would be very carful not to drop even the smallest particle. Is not the Body of Jesus more precious than gold? If you are truly Catholic there should be no hesitation or question in your mind to the correct answer to this question. Only an ordained Catholic Priest has been given the sacred right, honor and priviledge of touching the body of Jesus.

Maybie the real polling question should be:

Is it the body of Jesus, or a wafer?

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January 5th, 2009 - Edward-4511 said:

I went through a Catholic weight loss program back in 2002 which encouraged receiving the Host on the tongue. While I didn't keep the weight I lost off, I have continued to receive on the tounge.

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January 5th, 2009 - Elizabeth-51838 said:

In the MOUTH ONLY. I don't trust myself to check for fragments. I know there are more germs in the mouth (or so my dad says) but I think it'd be worse if you had blown your nose and then received in the hand........if you receive in the hand, bring hand sanitizer so your hands can be clean enough to receive Jesus into the makeshift "throne" you create with your hands.

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November 30th, 2008 - George-166509 said:

Two big reasons wy we should receive on the tongue and not the hand: (1) if we receive in the hand, particles of the Host, which are Eucharists, are flicked off the hand and are profaned. Why do you think the priest is so particular to ritually wash his hands? (2) there are many, many incidents of people, sometimes on purpose but sometimes out of ignorance (usually children) taking the Host in the hand and then placing It in his or her pocket and taking It out of the church.

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April 12th, 2008 - Paul-183066 said:

I receive in the hand which is the tradition outlined in the Gospels. Christ broke the bread and handed a piece to each of the disciples. All true followers of Christ are His disciples.

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April 1st, 2008 - De-315276 said:

While I prefer to receive Communion on the tongue, I will say that I have received it in the hand some times. There was a priest who could not see very well and asked that parishoners assist him by receiving our Lord in their hands because he wanted to ensure that Jesus did not fall to the floor. I've also received Communion from lay Eucharistic Ministers on the tongue and they seem hesitant. I wish that the only people handing out Communion were priests.

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March 25th, 2008 - Joseph-2737 said:

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JMJ

Communion on the hand is on its way out and I predict will be banned canonically in our life time. The many practices that were born out of disobedience and then tacitly permitted, like communion in the hand, female altar boys, etc. are beginning to be addressed. Many people are unaware that women covering their heads was under force of canon law until 1983...not to mention that more importantly it is scriptural and a tradition going back to before the coming of Christ and reverenced by the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of Kazakhstan, in a new interview has expanded his advocacy of reverence at Mass and receiving Holy Communion on the tongue. The Vatican Editing House recently released Bishop Schneiderís book "Dominus Est: Meditations of a Bishop from Central Asia on the Sacred Eucharist." The book contains a foreword by Archbishop Albert Malcolm Ranjith, the Vaticanís Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Sacraments.

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=11981

At the end of the article is a link to an interview with this good bishop on Gloria.TV

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March 24th, 2008 - Gerald-283546 said:

I gratefully receive on the tongue and think it is more appropriate because more humble.

A few times I have received in the hand because I had an upper respiratory infection and didn't wish to contaminate the priest's hand. However, I felt uncomfortable about it. Now, I am more inclined to refrain from Communion when infectious, and that only makes it more meaningful the next week.

In our modern era. I believe we need to recapture a sense of humility before Our Lord. Sure the Apostles received in the hand, but they were Apostles! They were, essentially, bishops. It is this need for humility that we all need to work on:

"My sacrifice, O God, a contrite spirit; a heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn."

Ps 51

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February 25th, 2008 - Michael-302296 said:

I used to recieve the Eucharist on the tongue growing up, but I usually receive in the hand now. I think either way is fine, as long as we love Jesus and are in a state of grace.

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February 25th, 2008 - Michael-287157 said:

I am in compleat agreement with Craig's post .Communion should only be recieved on the tounge & only by a priest.Also the Host should disolve on the tounge & not be chewed.

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February 20th, 2008 - Robert-309574 said:

I would much rather take the body of Christ by mouth given to me either by the Priest or a Deacon, it is just more reverent. Sometimes I do not have a choice but to take it in the hand because Eucharistic Ministers prefer to put it in your hand.

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February 20th, 2008 - Daniel-139057 said:

Actually recieving communion in the hand is seen as an acceptable way to recieve communion. If someone wants to do something bad with it, it's still possible even when recieving on the tounge.

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February 20th, 2008 - Michael-117954 said:

I didn't even know I had a toungue! When I googled the word it got 838,000 hits. "Catholic Match" only got 50,800.

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February 19th, 2008 - Tracy-57589 said:

I say it's time to go back to A&P Mariana!! LOL

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