January 30th, 2013 - Ryan-388998 said:
The body of Christ in Eucharistic form is also called the "host". A host is meant to serve his guests. Receiving communion on the tongue is a better way to fully acknowledge that it is God himself who feeds us. Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, recommends receiving on the tongue while kneeling, or at least genuflect or bow before receiving. Here is the link. http://www.theanglocatholic.com/2011/07/cardinal-canizares-on-receiving-holy-communion/.
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.
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.
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
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. :)
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.
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!
August 24th, 2012 - Maria-889608 said:
On the tongue. I feel that because it is so sacred it should go from the priests hand directly to the tongue. I think a lot of people take it in the hand because everyone else seems to be doing the same. I like the old way but am not offended if others are more comfortable receiving in the hand..
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.
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.
April 26th, 2011 - Grace-686446 said:
I receive holy communion on the tongue. Priests cleanse their hands with water before they handle the sacred host, hence I believe my hands are unclean and thats why I have never received holy communion in my hands though the option is offered in my Church.
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.
November 9th, 2010 - William-505707 said:
I have been taught, from when I was a child, that the Priest washes his hands, before he begins Any service, therefore his hands are washed and clean, and I have actually seen those who help the Priest touch their nose or mouth, before they serve, and I do not want those hands near my mouth, thank you.
October 22nd, 2010 - Janis-59313 said:
I did at one time take it in my hand. I now take it on my tongue because I feel it shows more Respect for the Lord Jesus Christ. I also agree with the previous post of Thomas---"none but the consecrated hands should ever touch the Eucharist". I cannot kneel, so I show my love via a bow.
September 2nd, 2010 - Thomas-620573 said:
I receive communion on the tongue. In the beginning of his pontificate Pope John Paul II said, "None but consecrated hands should ever touch the Eucharist." Since the priest is Persona Christi (standing in the place of Christ), I choose to kneel before my Sovereign Lord and receive His Body from His Hands. I am not there to take, but to receive. I do so in obedient submission to the discipline of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, not some indult (exception) that the USCCB came up with in a spirit of rebellion.
August 11th, 2010 - Arleen-613284 said:
I take communion in the hand. Receiving the Eucharist is an absolute spiritual high for me. On a physical level, I feel tingly win my body, my mind is very still and I have no thoughts, I just am. On a mental level, I know that Jesus is totally present within my being, and spiritually I a just flying. It is very difficult to articulate what happens regarding communion. I try very hard to get to daily mass.
May 21st, 2010 - Alina-544517 said:
Monika Marie as a 3 yr old,on May 3,1997 run to the steps of the altar to pose for I Holy Communion picture,my 11 yr old daughter refused to sit for,She received mystical drop of blood on her lower lip,AT 7:30 pm by the Grotto we both were overshadowed by the Holy Spirit,experiencing the rapture and flight of the soul-the living waters Christ was talking about-she felt water surrounding her,Someone touching her gently under her chin-''Mommy,that's when I went to Heaven,did you feel the water too?In my case,it was not a gentle stream,but ocean waves hitting at each other with such a force,I felt my soul like a little helpless boat carried by those waves,flying up,heard the choirs of Angels sing,Someone hugging me,kissing me-for as much as ye believe,so shall ye receive,,,In Christ,alina
May 21st, 2010 - Alina-544517 said:
I was not able to receive the Holy Communion for 22 years.Mercy Sun.1998 at 3:30pmthe moment the HOST touched my tonque,it became living beating heart,then lifted itself up,went through the roof of my mouth,becoming spiritual food;when it reached my heart-the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit I felt life giving BREATH flowing through the vein system-I was aware of it circulation all the way to the tips of my toes and fingers-try to hold THIS in your hands.IF you want to keep Catholic Faith for the future generations,have courage to witness to REAL PRESENCE-KNEELING AND ON TONGUE,alina
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.
October 8th, 2009 - Rocio-328757 said:
When I receive, I know It is the Body and Blood of Christ that I am receiving. I am not worthy, nor have I cleansed my hands to receive Him. The only one at Mass that has properly prepared is the Priest. So I must receive Him on the tounge.
Many lay people, with no ill intent, have not prepared properly. Many have wiped their noses fixed their hair tended their children just before approaching the alter. I find that saddening that we consider Him as we would everything else and not hold Him in a more revernt manner. For me It must be given to me by a Priest on my tounge. My hands have sined and I do not feel right handling Him.
May 10th, 2009 - Brad-215564 said:
The only reason that I can see for taking the host in the hand versus on the tongue is to expediate the communion process. If this is the reason for people to choose to take the host in the hands, then I think that these individuals should take time to reflect on why they are actually there in the first place. It has been a frustration of mine for a very long time when I see people try to speed up the Mass for whatever reason. If a person is truly going to Mass to share in the community of others while being nourished in their faith, then the desire should be one of getting as much out of the Mass as possible, not with worrying about getting out to the parking lot quick to avoid the rush or getting to Bob Evans before it gets crowded or whatever other selfish reason may lead one to leave before the final blessing and final procession.
January 17th, 2009 - Christine-142276 said:
ON THE TONGUE ONLY, I AGREE WITH THE UPPER COMMENTS, BECAUSE TOO MUCH ABUSE IS HAPPENING...... IT HAPPENED IN OUR CHURCH, SO THE PRIEST HAD ONE GUARD ON EITHER SIDE OF THE COMMUNION LINE, TO MAKE SURE, THAT THE HOST WAS IMMEDIATELY CONSUMED, NO MORE ABUSE AFTER THAT..... OF COURSE, ONCE IN A WHILE IT MIGHT HAPPEN AGAIN, SO EVERY REGULAR MEMBER OF THE PARISH HAS TO KEEP THEIR EYES OPEN.......
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
January 7th, 2009 - Maria-320239 said:
Anna Marie, reverence goes both ways , not just on the receiver. But the priests have a greater responsibility in protecting the holiness of the sacred species of Body and Blood of Jesus. That is why they shoiuld exercise more care on to whom they should give It to. I jsut don't believe in lay ministers! they desecrate the Body and Blood! isn;t that just plain and simple? You espouse the modernist way of thinking of the church now.
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.
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.
January 6th, 2009 - Maria-320239 said:
trudy, I think, Christ didn;t want for us to analyze this in a literal sense. If we do, we are just like any other religions out there, being too literal in the Bible and if it is not stated in the Bible, then they wouldn't believe it. We Catholics are different. We abide by the magisterium of the Holy Mother Church and its tradition. Its tradition teaches us that only priests should administer Communion in the tongue. This was only changed during the Second vatican Council.
January 6th, 2009 - Maria-320239 said:
I beg to disagree with Hannah who said that nobody can touch the Body and Blood of Jesus.. FYI, the priests , etc. are the direct descendants of the apostles. They came from the lineage of St. Peter the first Pope so they are the apostles of our times. They alone can administer Communion by the tongue and nobody else can, not even the lay people bec. they are not consecrated.
January 6th, 2009 - Hannah-73569 said:
Who is worthy to touch the most prescious Body of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Nobody is ever fully worthy to touch Christ's sacred body.
In Byzantine Churches, the priest adminiters communion directly into the mouth with a golden spoon! (From a practical perspective, a spoon is necessary because the Body is soaked in the Precious Blood.) In the Melkite and Maronite Churches, the Body is dipped into the Precious Blood, and dropped into the communicants mouth by the priest or deacon's hand. The Latin Church was only able to allow a return to communion in the hand because the Body is not dipped or soaked in the Blood.
January 6th, 2009 - Maria-320239 said:
I take communion by the tongue. This has been the early practice of the church when the church has never been tainted before by the so called ecumenism. Only the consecrated hands of the priest are qualified to touch His Most Holy Body and Blood. To receive communion by the tongue is committing a sacrilege which is abominable in the eyes of God. Only the priests, bishops, cardinals, and the Pope are the only representatives of Christ here on earth and this is thier vocation in life. the lay people have a different vocation such as either being single or married. they are not dedicated to God. the problem with us sometimes is we always try to bargain with God. If for example God tells us to offer a lamb to Him, we cannot offer something of a lesser value like a young goat just because we don't have a lamb. In the Old testament, they are very particular with offerings. We just can't bargain with God, period. He did not have lay people before when He administered His Body and Blood to the apostles. He gave It to them Himself. Likewise priests shouldn't ahve lay ministers touch and desecrate the Body and Blood Of jesus Which is so Precious.
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.
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).
January 5th, 2009 - Chris-242569 said:
I receive the host on the tongue for a couple of reasons. First, after shaking 7 different hands I am a bit of a germaphobe. I thought I would just stop worrying about who shook my hand and concentrate on receiving. Second, I don't want to accidentally drop or fumble with the host. Actually, it's kind of like 'self-communicating' the host -- by extension I put chips into my left hand and use my right to receive one.
Concerning the dust that is released by the EM and the priest, this will happen regardless of hand or mouth, since the flakes can be dislodged during the act of picking it up out of the ciborium and running it through the air over to the receiving hand or tongue. Perhaps we should re-evaluate the material used to fabricate the host. I say we seal the host with a non-stick or maybe a food-grade shellac coating that prevents crumbs.
Realistically, I would say that the intention of the recipient to receive Christ in a humble manner is superior to the mechanism in which it is delivered despite the loss of bodily integrity due to crumbs and human foibles.
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?
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.
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.
April 16th, 2008 - Richard-328149 said:
On a few occasions I recieve on the tongue, but for me receiving in the hand is more symbolic. Because when I open my hands to the minster so he can place the host in my hand, I see it as a symbol of me opening my arms to embrace and receive Jesus. There just isn't any symbology in the tongue for me.
April 10th, 2008 - Stephanie-302804 said:
An interesting thing I heard on Relevant Radio once when they were discussing this very topic (a Catholic radio station around here): Satan is often depicted as having no knees. He has no knees, because he made it clear he had no intention of using them when he said, "I will not serve". I personally don't want to imitate Satan's unwillingness to kneel before the God of the Universe. Kneeling, or even a genuflect, is very significant. I see it as a sign of respect, submission, and humility.
April 10th, 2008 - Stephanie-302804 said:
There's nothing irreverant about kneeling before the priest to receive the Blessed Sacrament. At my old parish, we were taught to make a substantial bow before we received Christ- a nod of the head or the sign of the cross after reception does not suffice.
April 10th, 2008 - Jennifer-103314 said:
I've noticed that a lot of people have forgotten proper reverence both before and after receiving communion. We don't kneel in front of the Priest or EM. It's respectful to leave some space between people. You should step to the side and make the sign of the cross after recieving the communion.
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.
March 25th, 2008 - Joseph-2737 said:
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.
At the end of the article is a link to an interview with this good bishop on Gloria.TV
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."
February 26th, 2008 - Stephanie-302804 said:
I receive Christ on the tongue. I'm certainly not worthy enough to handle the Body of Christ myself. I also receive kneeling. People have lost such a respect for Christ in the Eucharist. Many Catholics don't even believe that the Host is Christ in the flesh. That, I believe, is due to the fact that there is such a lack of respect during Communion in recent years (ie- the prevalence of EXTRAORDINARY Eucharistic ministers instead of priests giving Communion, standing while receiving, failing to genuflect when passing by the tabernacle).