Receiving Communion, communicable diseases, and other religious practices - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
Reply
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 35 Old 10-03-2009, 04:53 PM - Thread Starter
 
Tradd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 3,092
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
An article was posted on my national church's website in the past few days and I found it very interesting. It discusses receiving Communion and communicable diseases.

http://www.oca.org/CHRIST-life-article.asp?SID=6&ID=183

The Orthodox receive Communion (a small bit of the bread and wine) via a spoon. Traditional Catholic practice is to receive the Host on the tongue. Chalice is not offered to the laity. Contemporary Catholic practice is to receive the Host in the hand. The wine via common chalice is offered, but not sure if it's done in every parish. Although I think you can dip the Host in the wine if you don't want to drink from the cup.

Episcopalians/Anglicans give the Host or bread (both can be used) in the hand, with chalice with wine offered. I suspect more traditional Anglicans might receive the Host on the tongue.

Not sure about Lutherans and other liturgical Protestants.

From a favorite blog that looks at religion coverage by the media (more on the "traditional" side:

http://www.getreligion.org/?p=15505

An view from a Greek Orthodox physician in Montreal:
http://net-abbey.org/cupbact.htm

Have your clergy) said anything about receiving Communion and/or other religious practices in light of the H1N1 outbreak?

What about those from non-Christian faith traditions - have your religious leaders suggested any changes/modifications of your religious practice?

I'm very interested to hear what others may contribute to the discussion.

lady.gif
Tradd is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 of 35 Old 10-03-2009, 05:15 PM
 
Liquesce's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Mayberry
Posts: 4,680
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tradd View Post
What about those from non-Christian faith traditions - have your religious leaders suggested any changes/modifications of your religious practice?
Some countries are working out systems prohibiting people from traveling for hajj, or permitted only those who have received the H1N1 vaccine to travel; I've heard Saudi Arabia added flu vaccines to their hajj traveler vaccine list this year, but I'm really not clear on whether that's a recommendation or something required to participate.
Liquesce is offline  
#3 of 35 Old 10-03-2009, 07:37 PM
 
z2akids's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 22
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tradd View Post
An article was posted on my national church's website in the past few days and I found it very interesting. It discusses receiving Communion and communicable diseases.

http://www.oca.org/CHRIST-life-article.asp?SID=6&ID=183

The Orthodox receive Communion (a small bit of the bread and wine) via a spoon. Traditional Catholic practice is to receive the Host on the tongue. Chalice is not offered to the laity. Contemporary Catholic practice is to receive the Host in the hand. The wine via common chalice is offered, but not sure if it's done in every parish. Although I think you can dip the Host in the wine if you don't want to drink from the cup.
Episcopalians/Anglicans give the Host or bread (both can be used) in the hand, with chalice with wine offered. I suspect more traditional Anglicans might receive the Host on the tongue.

Not sure about Lutherans and other liturgical Protestants.

From a favorite blog that looks at religion coverage by the media (more on the "traditional" side:

http://www.getreligion.org/?p=15505

An view from a Greek Orthodox physician in Montreal:
http://net-abbey.org/cupbact.htm

Have your clergy) said anything about receiving Communion and/or other religious practices in light of the H1N1 outbreak?

What about those from non-Christian faith traditions - have your religious leaders suggested any changes/modifications of your religious practice?

I'm very interested to hear what others may contribute to the discussion.

Dipping the consecrated host into the precious blood in the Catholic faith is called intintion. This is not an allowed practice. The reason for this is because we can never be worthy of receiving the Body and Blood and therefore can only receive it as a gift. It is given to us by the Priest or other ordinary or extraordinary minster. We cannot take it. dipping your consecrated host into the precious blood is an act of taking the blood, not receiveing it.

As far as our Diocese, we have not made any changes to the distribution of Communion. Our Pastor has reminded the Parish that it is acceptable to forgo the Precious Blood when one is ill.
z2akids is offline  
#4 of 35 Old 10-04-2009, 04:35 PM
 
Bluegoat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,569
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Our Anglican diocese has actually had a bit of controversy around this issue. As you noted , many Anglicans receive in the hand, and it is now very common for many to practice intinction. Although the parish I attend now doesn't seem to have many intincters, the one closest to me has a majority of intincters.

However, the Bishop recently banned intinction. It was never considered best practice for religious reasons in most cases, but it has been banned for specifically for health reasons. Many many parishioners have problems with this, and I know the council at the local Church, which my dh sits on, almost to a person refused to believe it. (My poor dh, a chemistry nerd, tried to explain the effect of the silver chalice on germs, but to no avail.)

Some Anglican churches that pass the peace by handshaking have also discouraged that, or like my local church, put out hand sanitizer around the nave - somehow people are suppose to sanitize before passing the peace, which strikes me as very comical. My church doesn't pass the peace that way, so no hand sanitizer for us.

The diocese has also reminded people that it is ok to take just the Body if one is ill or has immune issues.

 I like the mind to be a dustbin of scraps of brilliant fabric, odd gems, worthless but fascinating curiosities, tinsel, quaint bits of carving, and a reasonable amount of healthy dirt.
Bluegoat is offline  
#5 of 35 Old 10-04-2009, 07:53 PM
 
lilyka's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Posts: 17,896
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
i let my coughing child take communion this morning (common spoon) and didn't fret for a second. if I know i am sick I try to be at the end of the line so I am the last one. I have no concern if other people are sick though. I figure people are more likely to catch what my kids have at coffee hour (I have three kids and between colds and allergies and a propensity to hang on to a cough long after a sickness has passed if we stayed hom every time someone was coughing we would never leave the house). I did hesitate to let her venerate the cross but also shrugged that off quickly. meh....its silver....no one seemed at all upset about it and it was clear to everyone in church that she had a cough. no one said anything.

The truest answer to violence is love. The truest answer to death is life. The only prevention for violence is for the heart to have no violence within it.  We cannot prevent evil through any system devised by mankind. But we can grapple with evil and defeat it, but only with love—real love.

lilyka is offline  
#6 of 35 Old 10-05-2009, 12:26 AM
 
indie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 1,783
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I don't worry about it. When I am a chalice bearer I try to make sure that I wipe the cup well and rotate the purificator around so I'm not using the same dirty end over and over. I do not refrain from receiving when illness is going around and when I'm chalice bearing I drink the leftovers after everyone has consumed. Between the silver, the purificator, and the alcohol in the wine I figure very little could survive with or without the presence of Christ.

The passing of the peace would be much more germy in my opinion. I try to slap some sanitizer on during cold season if I have some in my purse, but I don't worry about it if I don't.
indie is offline  
#7 of 35 Old 10-05-2009, 12:45 AM
 
momtokea's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 759
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I attend a Catholic church and there is no wine offered for communion, only the Host will be offered on the hand, not the mouth. We will not be shaking hands for peace, and I heard that all Holy Water fonts will be emptied, although at my church it hadn't been emptied yet this weekend.

I was raised Greek Orthodox where communion is given on a spoon. I do not have the slightest fear of catching any disease from receiving communion because I believe that Jesus IS present in the Holy Eucharist and it simply will not happen.
momtokea is offline  
#8 of 35 Old 10-05-2009, 02:38 PM
 
Watershippy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: St Paul, MN
Posts: 144
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
This discussion came up yesterday, and one of the friends I was with recalled some study that came out regarding Eucharist back when AIDS was new and people weren't sure how it was being spread. He said it determined that the risk of catching any communicable disease from the common cup was absolutely tiny. The best ways to reduce the risk are 1. Silver chalice rather than ceramic, and 2. Port rather than a lower-octane wine or grape juice. Intinction is supposed to be less sanitary than drinking from the chalice because people have more germs on their hands.

My church decided to only offer the bread this week (I couldn't really fathom that and skipped out instead). They haven't cut out hand shakes, which I think is a zillion times riskier.

Other (Episcopal) parishes around here are switching from our usual method of priest distributing the Host and parishioner then drinking from the chalice to the priest dipping the host in the wine and then placing on the parishioner's tongue. Not sure if that is any better, since those fingers are likely to be licked quite a few times during the process.

Mamma since 10/22/09
Watershippy is offline  
#9 of 35 Old 10-05-2009, 03:06 PM
 
zech13_9_goforgold's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: western USA, soon southern Africa
Posts: 526
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I go to a non-litergical protestant church. Our grape juice is in individual cups, but the bread is on a plate which is passed from one hand to the other. I honestly have never thought about germs.
zech13_9_goforgold is offline  
#10 of 35 Old 10-07-2009, 03:46 AM
 
mamabadger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Canada
Posts: 1,743
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
This issue comes up every time there is an outbreak of communicable diseases. During the SARS outbreak, Orthodox churches in some areas were asked to change their Communion practices.

At my church, people often stay home from church if they have a cough or a fever, or avoid direct contact with other people while they are sick, but they would never avoid Communion out of a fear of germs.
Once in a while, somebody (usually not a regular churchgoer) tries to receive Communion without touching the spoon, by holding the mouth wide open in the manner mentioned in the first article. Our parish priest refuses to give them Communion until they take it in the usual way - not just because it is customary, but because to do otherwise would be a show of disrespect toward the Sacrament.
mamabadger is offline  
#11 of 35 Old 10-07-2009, 04:01 AM
 
Sailor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: CA
Posts: 2,433
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I must admit, when I was still a minor, living with my family, and we all went to Church on Sunday, I would only pretend to take Communion (slip out of line when family was not watching). I'd also skip out on the handshaking. The Church I went to had the host on the tongue.

I'm that person who can't touch anything with bare hands in public restrooms. So, I could never get over the germ issues in Church. I used to wonder whether the priest had washed his hands (with something other than the water) before giving the host to everyone. And then the handshaking - people coughed into those hands!

I know, I'm weird on this germ issue.

I heard from my mom that her Church has also stopped offering the wine. They're only doing the host, and it goes into the hand. But, that is the only change she mentioned. They haven't stopped the handshaking.

First special delivery - April 2010 :
Sailor is offline  
#12 of 35 Old 10-07-2009, 10:38 AM
 
Bluegoat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,569
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Handshaking can spread germs, but probably not more than things like opening doors. Think of it as a way to exersize your immune system.

In my experience, most priests are pretty careful about washing their hands before the Mass, but of course there is no way to know about any individual unless you watch. I suppose that is one good thing that may come of all of this; handwashing will get a renewed emphasis.

 I like the mind to be a dustbin of scraps of brilliant fabric, odd gems, worthless but fascinating curiosities, tinsel, quaint bits of carving, and a reasonable amount of healthy dirt.
Bluegoat is offline  
#13 of 35 Old 10-07-2009, 01:40 PM
 
wmama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 108
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Talking to some friends at the Presbyterian church we used to attend last night, and they said this past Sunday there was Purell on every pew, and the pastor somewhat apologetically requested everyone taking communion to use the Purell beforehand. Communion is taken by intinction there--tear a small piece off a large loaf of bread, then dip in the cup.
wmama is offline  
#14 of 35 Old 10-07-2009, 02:27 PM
 
lilyka's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Posts: 17,896
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by mamabadger View Post
Once in a while, somebody (usually not a regular churchgoer) tries to receive Communion without touching the spoon, by holding the mouth wide open in the manner mentioned in the first article. Our parish priest refuses to give them Communion until they take it in the usual way - not just because it is customary, but because to do otherwise would be a show of disrespect toward the Sacrament.
i am glad you said this. i read somewhere we weren't really supposed to touch the spoon but I have no idea how to do that and always feel bad now I can relax and know that it really is ok to touch the spoon.

The truest answer to violence is love. The truest answer to death is life. The only prevention for violence is for the heart to have no violence within it.  We cannot prevent evil through any system devised by mankind. But we can grapple with evil and defeat it, but only with love—real love.

lilyka is offline  
#15 of 35 Old 10-08-2009, 08:03 PM
 
PatienceAndLove's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Meadville, PA
Posts: 1,304
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
My Parish in San Antonio is an Anglican Use church, so we receive kneeling at the Communion Rail via the Body intincted into the Blood by the priest/deacon before we receive "The Body and Blood of Christ".

As for having the Body and Blood for the laity, it is a more complete sign, but one receives both the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord, Jesus Christ when you receive either the Body or the Blood. To forego Holy Communion just because the wine is not offered seems a bit... silly since you receive all of Christ when you receive either.

Proud Catholic (30) and mama to V (10)
PatienceAndLove is offline  
#16 of 35 Old 10-08-2009, 08:20 PM
 
frugalmama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 1,146
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by PatienceAndLove View Post
My Parish in San Antonio is an Anglican Use church, so we receive kneeling at the Communion Rail via the Body intincted into the Blood by the priest/deacon before we receive "The Body and Blood of Christ".

As for having the Body and Blood for the laity, it is a more complete symbol, but one receives both the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord, Jesus Christ when you receive either the Body or the Blood. To forego Holy Communion just because the wine is not offered seems a bit... silly since you receive all of Christ when you receive either.
Ah - you must go to Our Lady of Atonement! Great parish - wish I lived closer to it.

Me, 29, Muslim hijab.gif single mama to T age 7 energy.gif We homeschool.gif saynovax.giffambedsingle1.gif and Love it!
frugalmama is online now  
#17 of 35 Old 10-08-2009, 11:26 PM
 
Smokering's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 8,313
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
We do individual cups. Which is just as well, given we use (for some convoluted reason relating to alcoholism which I think is silly) watered-down Ribena instead of wine or even grape juice. Not very germ-killing. We do take the bread from the basket wth our hands, but it never worried me - I try not to finger the bits I don't take, and we sit at the front anyway.

The only health issue related to Communion is the gluten-free issue. We have a celiac in the congregation; he offered to provide gluten-free bread for Communion, so that's what we use. I don't think most people even notice the difference, and it means the few gluten-intolerant members of the congregation can still participate.

If decomposition persists please see your necromancer.

Smokering is offline  
#18 of 35 Old 10-09-2009, 12:16 AM
 
PatienceAndLove's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Meadville, PA
Posts: 1,304
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by frugalmama View Post
Ah - you must go to Our Lady of Atonement! Great parish - wish I lived closer to it.
How did you guess???

Proud Catholic (30) and mama to V (10)
PatienceAndLove is offline  
#19 of 35 Old 10-15-2009, 12:17 AM
 
theretohere's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 4,519
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I go to a confessional liturgical Lutheran church. We are still communing as normal and will continue to do so.

To my husband I am wife, to my kids I am mother, but for myself I am just me.
we're : with and : and
theretohere is offline  
#20 of 35 Old 10-15-2009, 12:21 AM
 
AllyRae's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Ohio
Posts: 6,192
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I attend a Catholic Church and they still use the chalice (and shake hands for the sign of peace, and shake hands with the priest at the beginning and end of mass). Because I'm gluten free, I can't take the host, so I have no choice *but* to take the Chalice if I want to participate in communion. And parents & children who are in the cry room (like we always are) always take last. So I do a lot of praying that the chalice will remain disease free for me. :

~Brandon Michael (11/23/03), Jocelyn Lily Nữ (2/4/07, adopted 5/28/07 from Vietnam), Amelia Rylie (1/14/09), & Ryland Josef William (9/7/05-9/7/05 @ 41 wks). 
AllyRae is offline  
#21 of 35 Old 10-15-2009, 12:56 AM
 
frugalmama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 1,146
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by PatienceAndLove View Post
How did you guess???
I'm good friends with a guy who goes there and when I saw your location was san antonio and you mentioned Anglican use I knew it had to be.

You have the most beautiful church IMO in town.

I attend either the TLM at St. Pius X {When we can} or the regular mass at St. Monica's in Converse, depending on weather and if I make the VIA bus on time.

Me, 29, Muslim hijab.gif single mama to T age 7 energy.gif We homeschool.gif saynovax.giffambedsingle1.gif and Love it!
frugalmama is online now  
#22 of 35 Old 10-15-2009, 01:03 AM
 
PatienceAndLove's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Meadville, PA
Posts: 1,304
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by frugalmama View Post
I'm good friends with a guy who goes there and when I saw your location was san antonio and you mentioned Anglican use I knew it had to be.

You have the most beautiful church IMO in town.

I attend either the TLM at St. Pius X {When we can} or the regular mass at St. Monica's in Converse, depending on weather and if I make the VIA bus on time.
I miss Our Lady of the Atonement dreadfully. I cannot wait to move back home again.
I attended the evening mass at St. Pius X... 'twas... interesting. I should return for the TLM, though.

Proud Catholic (30) and mama to V (10)
PatienceAndLove is offline  
#23 of 35 Old 10-22-2009, 03:43 PM
 
elmh23's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Where it's hot!
Posts: 9,270
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
We are Catholic and not worried about it. We recieve the Body in our hands and the Blood from the communal chalice.

Mama of three.
 
elmh23 is offline  
#24 of 35 Old 10-25-2009, 12:00 PM
 
z2akids's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 22
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Our Pastor actually made some recent changes.

The Precious Blood is currently suspended from being offered at school Mass. The reasoning is that the children may not realize their symptoms and that they are likely to forget and receive when they probably should not. However, there are no plans to suspend the Precious Blood during daily or Sunday Mass. The EMoHC are being asked to sanitize their hands on their way to the alter prior to communion.
z2akids is offline  
#25 of 35 Old 10-25-2009, 04:37 PM
 
elmh23's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Where it's hot!
Posts: 9,270
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The archdiocese we are in has suspended the chalice, the sign of peace and shaking hands with the priest as of today. The euchiristic ministers are also to use purell type cleaner on their hands before handing out communion.

Mama of three.
 
elmh23 is offline  
#26 of 35 Old 11-01-2009, 05:14 AM
 
xekomaya's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: The Last Frontier
Posts: 2,167
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by momtokea View Post
I attend a Catholic church and there is no wine offered for communion, only the Host will be offered on the hand, not the mouth. We will not be shaking hands for peace, and I heard that all Holy Water fonts will be emptied, although at my church it hadn't been emptied yet this weekend.
This is horrible. You need Holy Water. It is salted anyway and shouldn't be germy.

Of course it is also prohibited to deny anyone Communion on the tongue.

We've attended Traditional Latin Mass for a while and nothing is or would be changed. Headed to a new NO parish tomorrow though and hopefully there is no nonsense going on

XM,: mama to ds (5/08), dd (9/10) and ds (6/12) ! whale.gif :C.H.S & M.

xekomaya is offline  
#27 of 35 Old 11-01-2009, 10:12 AM
 
Virginia884's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Virginia
Posts: 1,046
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
We attend a Lutheran church that normally offers bread/body into the hand and wine/blood (or juice) via individual cups or common chalice. Our pastor requested that the altar guild make up more trays of individual cups because he thought more people would take that instead of the chalice, but that hasn't been the case. Our individual cups are glass and are reused; they get washed in hot soapy water by hand after every use.

We do have hand sanitizer stationed around the church; I've never used it, though.

Adrienne belly.gif - Loving my DHguitar.gif, our daughter Harper Emaline ROTFLMAO.gif (3/2011), and maybe a baby?? jaw2.gif (5/2013)

Virginia884 is offline  
#28 of 35 Old 11-01-2009, 12:23 PM
 
CherryBomb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Indiana
Posts: 7,885
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
A priest can not deny you Communion on the tongue. Our bishop has asked that we receive in the hand but also made it clear that we are not to be refused if we wish to receive on the tongue (this is the only way I ever have or ever will receive!!) They are taking out the Holy Water font and discontinuing the Blood for the time being (expcept for those with celiac). No longer shaking hands or holding during the sign of peace and Our Father, which is fine with me because that's not technically proper anyway.
CherryBomb is offline  
#29 of 35 Old 11-02-2009, 04:33 PM
 
chfriend's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: in a red state
Posts: 4,560
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'm confused about conservative Catholic folks who are distressed about the lack of a chalice. The practice prior to Vatican II was to have communion only under the species of the host except on special occasions, at least as far as I remember.

Is it just a personal preference to receive under both species?
chfriend is offline  
#30 of 35 Old 11-02-2009, 04:41 PM
 
PatienceAndLove's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Meadville, PA
Posts: 1,304
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by chfriend View Post
I'm confused about conservative Catholic folks who are distressed about the lack of a chalice. The practice prior to Vatican II was to have communion only under the species of the host except on special occasions, at least as far as I remember.

Is it just a personal preference to receive under both species?
I am a conservative Catholic and I only recieve the Host. I understand that it is a more complete sign to recieve both, but I prefer to only recieve the Host since it's the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Now when I am at my home parish, we recieve both species via intenction at the Communion Rail. That is about the only time I recieve under both species.

Proud Catholic (30) and mama to V (10)
PatienceAndLove is offline  
Reply

User Tag List



Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off