Post by maolsheachlann on Aug 27, 2016 19:50:03 GMT
I'm watching a discussion about reception on the tongue vs. reception in the hand. One person has said that, in some parishes, the priest asks people not to receive kneeling and on the tongue, or on the tongue at all.
Has anybody on this forum ever encountered such a thing? I can only think of two instances where any guidance at all was given regarding reception of Communion. I remember the priest in Ballymun asked people not to take the bread and dip it into the wine, at a time when communion in two kinds was being offered. (I use the terms 'bread' and 'wine' for convenience.) The other time was the sole occasion I attended High Latin Mass in St. Kevin's, and the priest explained that Communion should be taken on the tongue and kneeling.
I have heard of instances (more in North America than here) where priests actively refused to give communion on the tongue. When communion is given in both kinds it is usually announced that communicants can also receive from the chalice (which is given separately, except where it is done by intinction - i.e the host is dipped in the chalice). There ay be an assumption nowadays that communion in the hand is the norm; announcements would probably have been more frequent when it was being introduced (it was not officially introduced as the norm, but permitted, with considerable insistence by priests and teachers at ground level that reception in the hand was preferable).
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