Communion on the Tongue in a time of Novel Coronavirus panicking: Rock on!

Jesus Passion of the Christ hand nail

An elderly long-time reader of this and now long defunct blogs of mine wrote in all devastation about the brutal treatment she received from an apparently non-believing priest when she approached to receive Holy Communion on the tongue. She gave me permission to share the story for the benefit of all those whose bishops have “mandated” Communion in the hand”:

  • “This morning at daily Mass, the priest shoved the Host in my hand and said ‘In the hand only’.  He has always protested against COTT. I am very shocked. I don’t know what to do. I am an old lady and we never touched the Host because we do not have consecrated hands.  I’m sure the excuse is the coronavirus. So do I stop receiving Holy Communion or is it just my pride getting in the way?”

communion in the hand

My response to this dear soul:

  • “I’m sorry that that happened to you. That’s so terrible. That was actually my experience at my first Holy Communion in the 1960s. Minnesota was sooooo liberal. I would just go to a different parish. Put your hands behind back when you are going to receive and then, hopefully, receive on the tongue. I’ll say a prayer of reparation for that priest.

Some points:

  • You always retain the right to receive Holy Communion on the tongue. Bishops cannot touch universal liturgical law.
  • Receiving on the tongue is a zillion times more hygienic than in the hand. Hands are disgusting. Really. People curl their hands and you cannot avoid touching their hands. Girls put “sparkle lotion” goop all over their hands. Totally inappropriate and sticky and disgusting. Stop it. Blech.
  • Communion in the hand is almost as bad and disgusting as women with tubes of lipstick on their faces and who drink from the chalice leaving glops of disgusting lipstick all over the chalice which then ends up all over the purificators – stopping the administration from the chalice (if that’s what your parish does) until the purificator can be changed out – so, just don’t. We don’t have Communion from the Chalice. I wonder if the priest who insists on Communion on the hand has Communion also from the Chalice. That would be so ironic.

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But is there a theological heresy involved in being worried about the transmission of diseases with Holy Communion being “The Carrior”? Some say that to say this could happen is blasphemous. Not at all.

This is our Lord Jesus. Yes. But think about that for a second. Within hours of the Last Supper He is hanging on the Cross on Calvary and people are spitting on him with whatever rubbish diseases they have. That’s dripping off our Lord and falling on the very ones who are spitting on him. Excuse me, but spitting up when gravity is involved is as stupid as pissing into the wind. You’ll only be subject to what you yourself have done. Of course Holy Communion can be a “Carrior”, not because our Lord is subject to any disease, especially regarding the circumstance of Holy Communion, but because those externals of Holy Communion have nothing to do with Him. As the great Saint Thomas Aquinas said, the externals of the Most Blessed Sacrament are not essential to but rather accidental to the substance of the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord. The weight and measurement and color and feel and taste and sight… whatever… are accidental. Don’t blame any virus on our Lord Himself, but do blame your lack of care in administering or receiving Holy Communion.

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4 responses to “Communion on the Tongue in a time of Novel Coronavirus panicking: Rock on!

  1. Would the better solution have been to temporarily suspend the distribution of Communion until this Coronavirus situation becomes more predictable? I think that is what some churches in northern Italy are doing. I suspect the temporary suspension of COTT was bartered to stop the use of the common cup.

  2. Nan

    Communion in the hand isn’t a possibility in the Byzantine church. We receive the Body and Blood of Christ together, dropped into our mouths from a spoon. I tell visitors they’re baby birds because the posture is head tipped back, mouth open, tongue pulled back.

    We had a lot of visitors on Sunday and Father told them not to stick out their tongues.

  3. Aussie Mum

    I am glad to be able to say that a priest has never refused me Holy Communion on the tongue. Instead, my problems have been with female Catholic school teachers and catechists “preparing” my children for the sacraments who insisted they receive Holy Communion the “right way” (on the hand) and scoffed at those who did not.

    It seems to me that so many would not have ceased believing that the consecrated host is Our Lord Himself if the altar rails had been left in place and everyone had continued receiving Him kneeling and on the tongue. And since Our Lord is present Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the consecrated host, there is no need to receive from the chalice as well.

    Those leading the “progressive” charge in the Church aren’t thinking straight and are creating obstacles to faith and sensible practice. Sadly two generations have grown up under their influence and now a third generation is starting school.

    When I was training to be a teacher we were given instruction in the sociology of education. It was an eye-opener, explaining that compulsory schooling stands between the generations and is therefore able to change the culture. Socialising children, we were told, is the duty of the school, and this involves moulding politically correct attitudes. Ever wonder why many of today’s younger adults are drawn to socialism/globalism?

  4. Joisy Goil

    I am an Eucharistic minister. It is the greatest privilege in my life. I imagine St Theresa would have exploded with joy if she had had the same opportunity.

    I know that most Eucharistic ministers would prefer giving the Eucharist in the hand – because most people who receive on tongue often do not open their mouths enough and do not stick out their tongues and do not cup their hands.

    Then we stand there trying to figure out what they want to do. The only time I had a blessed host fall was because of such a parishioner. My altar boy caught it on the patton but it slid off. He moved like a flash of light, retrieved the Eucharist and consumed it, blessed himself and nodded to me that we could continue. I suppose this isn’t the ‘correct’ form but it made me very grateful for him.

    I have a gluten sensitivity but I receive wheat hosts because I do not think Jesus would let me get sick receiving His body. If it did kill me I think it would be great to stand before St. Peter at the gate of heaven and say the Eucharist sent me. No levity here. This is my true belief. Jesus I trust in You.

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