How do ordinary lay people receive Communion? In the hand or on the tongue, with a caution:. However, special care should be taken to ensure that the host is consumed by the communicant in the presence of the minister, so that no one goes away carrying the Eucharistic species in his hand. If there is a risk of profanation, then Holy Communion should not be given in the hand to the faithful.
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How do ordinary lay people receive Communion? In the hand or on the tongue, with a caution:. However, special care should be taken to ensure that the host is consumed by the communicant in the presence of the minister, so that no one goes away carrying the Eucharistic species in his hand. If there is a risk of profanation, then Holy Communion should not be given in the hand to the faithful. The judgment of risk is always difficult. But it tends to rule out a casual or accidental point of inappropriateness.
GIRM ]. Communion ministers in my parishes have always been oriented as to what to do should something fall, spill, or be dropped. It would require an additional number of lay ministers, in some places a number beyond the available altar servers. This sort of thing is really best left for a parish to determine. I would interpret that as being at Mass in the assembly, and not necessarily in a serving role.
A Saturday wedding or funeral, plus the Saturday night Mass comes to mind as the most common example. A music minister on duty at two weekend Masses, another. As the bride and groom have administered the sacrament of marriage to each other, it seems theologically coherent to me that they might also serve as extraordinary ministers of communion to each other. And, perhaps, also to the assembly, as a liturgical enactment, sign, and symbol, of the fruitfulness of marital love and service flowing into outwardly-directed love and service to the church and world.
The communion plate has been making a comeback in some places over the last decade. I had noticed that when RS was issued. My mother, whose physical needs regarding communion have varied over the last decade, would be relieved to have someone with a communion plate at the ready, for she would be mortified beyond belief if she dropped the host from either her hand or even tongue it can happen either way.
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Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Catholic Sensibility. Skip to content. Redemptionis Sacramentum Posted on 21 September by catholicsensibility. In the hand or on the tongue, with a caution: [ I was unaware of the suggestion of the plate: [ GIRM ] Communion ministers in my parishes have always been oriented as to what to do should something fall, spill, or be dropped.
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The disciplinary document, wrote the Holy Father in Ecclesia de Eucharistia , is necessary because "especially in the years following the post-Conciliar liturgical reform, as a result of a misguided sense of creativity and adaptation there have been a number of abuses which have been a source of suffering for many". I consider it my duty, therefore to appeal urgently that the liturgical norms for the celebration of the Eucharist be observed with great fidelity. These norms are a concrete expression of the authentically ecclesial nature of the Eucharist; this is their deepest meaning. EE Redemptionis sacramentum was approved on March 19, the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, and is dated March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation. Many considered it appropriate that the Instruction was presented to the world on the Feast of Saint George, an early Christian martyr who died defending the Church. Cardinal Medina retired and was succeeded by Cardinal Arinze in October
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Only when there is a necessity may extraordinary ministers assist the Priest celebrant in accordance with the norm of law. The distribution of the Eucharist is part of the celebration of Mass. It is likely more an awkward phrase than an outright error, but theologians have been called out on more stickler points. Institutional nervousness on lay Communion Ministers is well known, and has been endlessly commented on here and in many other places. The parish pastor is the ideal cleric to determine the necessity of lay ministers.