On this Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, we want to remind you of the inappropriateness of dipping the host in the cup. Previous bulletin articles have addressed this issue, and why the practice is prohibited. Though it is permissible for a priest or minister to dip the host in the cup and then place it on the tongue of the communicant there are special vessels designed for this, which prevent spilling.
It is never acceptable for the communicant to dip his or her own host in the cup and then consume it. There are many reasons for this. It is very difficult to do this without spilling. We often see people shaking the dipped host over the cup to rid it of excess wine; not only is that unseemly, but it does not prevent wine from dripping on the floor. It is also prohibited because it is a form of self communication. When we receive Eucharist, the Body and Blood are offered by another person - we are not to help ourselves.
There are many reasons why people might choose not to share the cup; they may feel uncomfortable, or they could be sick. The cup is offered at all our weekend masses, all weekday masses as well as all weddings and funerals, and many people choose not to take it. We encourage all to share in the cup and experience the fullness of the sacrament but if you choose not to drink from the cup, please remember that dipping the host is prohibited.
It is based on
THE LITURGY DOCUMENTS
A PARISH RESOURCE
LITURGY TRAINING PUBLICATIONS
NORMS FOR THE CELEBRATION AND RECEPTION OF
COMMUNION UNDER BOTH KINDS
Church Bulletin Articles
The members of the Liturgy Planning Ministry, meet before the major church seasons to discuss the "focus" of the season and how the liturgies can be used to bring the parishioners to a better understanding of the season. The members of this ministry include the pastor, liturgy staff members, music staff members, the head of the Art and Environment ministry, and several parishioners who have an interest and training of the subject. I am a member. One of the functions of a few of these members is to write articles for the parish weekly bulletin during these seasons. Articles that I have written are on this page.
Body and Blood of Christ
World of Grandpa Don
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