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host-over-chalice1Our occasional Catholic Q & A series gets underway with a question from one Life At 25 reader about what might be the proper way to receive Holy Communion under both kinds (both the Body and the Precious Blood of Christ).

How is one supposed to get the Host consumed before reaching the chalice? Must the Host be completely clear of my mouth before receiving the chalice [cup]?

If any of our liturgical experts want to chime in on this one, I welcome that. Indeed, I am going to forward your question and my answer to Father Randy Stice, our diocesan liturgist, in case I’m wrong. Any corrections will be printed here. The short answer to the question is that it does not appear necessary for the Host to be completely clear of the mouth before receiving the Precious Blood. I’ve searched from Rome to Rutledge for any specific ecclesiastical law or liturgical norms regarding whether the Host must be completely clear of the mouth when the Precious Blood is consumed and I can’t find any. If my query to Those With More Liturgical Knowledge yields a similar result, it might be safe to deduce that Holy Mother Church understands that when we “take and eat” (Mt. 26:26) Our Lord, we might not have completely swallowed when we “take and drink” (Mt. 26:27-28) Our Lord, depending on when we approach the Minister of the chalice in relation to when we received the sacred Host. [click to continue reading…]

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