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Old Mar 11, '08, 11:53 am
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I read in Catholic Church history that in (i think) the fourth century and thereabouts, people were allowed to keep the Blessed Sacrament @ their homes. I am wondering why this is not done anymore? Jesus came to give His whole self to us, so why should He be kept locked away in an "empty" Church all day and night?

It doesn't seem right..
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The potential for abuse is too great. Sad, but true.



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The Blessed Sacrament is best CONSUMED.
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The Blessed Sacrament is best CONSUMED.
Not entirely true - Eucharistic Adoration is quite acceptable, and encouraged, under the proper circumstances.

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Old Mar 11, '08, 12:43 pm
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I read in Catholic Church history that in (i think) the fourth century and thereabouts, people were allowed to keep the Blessed Sacrament @ their homes. I am wondering why this is not done anymore? Jesus came to give His whole self to us, so why should He be kept locked away in an "empty" Church all day and night?

It doesn't seem right..
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The only time you can take away a Host is if you've been given specific permission to take the Blessed Sacrament to an invalid. I didn't know that people used to do it for private veneration, but I can see how it might easily come to be abused.

As in the case of the guy who tried to sell a Host consecrated by JPII on Ebay.
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Not entirely true - Eucharistic Adoration is quite acceptable, and encouraged, under the proper circumstances.

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If reserved sacrament is needed to bring to say an invalid or someone dying - that is its primary use - adoration and private prayer time in second place.
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I read in Catholic Church history that in (i think) the fourth century and thereabouts, people were allowed to keep the Blessed Sacrament @ their homes. I am wondering why this is not done anymore? Jesus came to give His whole self to us, so why should He be kept locked away in an "empty" Church all day and night?

It doesn't seem right..
People took some of the Blessed Sacrament home for members of family who could not go to the mass they attended.

I believe they also reserved some to have what we know as a communion service without the priest for those periods when a priest was not available in their area.

These were often times when a standalone church was not available - unlike today. Today we use the tabernacle to reserve the Blessed Sacrament for needs like bringing it to invalids.
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The only time you can take away a Host is if you've been given specific permission to take the Blessed Sacrament to an invalid. I didn't know that people used to do it for private veneration, but I can see how it might easily come to be abused.

As in the case of the guy who tried to sell a Host consecrated by JPII on Ebay.
Allegedly consecrated by JPII.
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I read in Catholic Church history that in (i think) the fourth century and thereabouts, people were allowed to keep the Blessed Sacrament @ their homes. I am wondering why this is not done anymore? Jesus came to give His whole self to us, so why should He be kept locked away in an "empty" Church all day and night?

It doesn't seem right..
I admittedly am speculating a bit here, but I think it might have something to do with the fact that there were few if any churches prior to about the fourth century. Until Constantine decreed that Christianity would be tolerated in 325 AD, most Christian services were done in homes. Churches were virtually nonexistant until Constantine started to give buildings to the Catholic "church" (note, note the building, the institution). Additionally, there were fewer priests and bishops to consecrate the blessed sacrament, so the 'home churches" may have kept the blessed sacrament reserved much as some actual churches that are in area with few priests do today.
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As to the manner and place of reservation during the early centuries there was no great uniformity of practice. Undoubtedly the Eucharist was at first often kept in private houses, but a Council of Toledo in 480, which denounced those who did not immediately consuime the sacred species when they received them from the priest at the altar, very possibly marks a change in this regard. On the other hand numerous decrees of synods and penalties entered in penitential books impose upon parish priests the duty of reserving the Blessed Sacrament for the use of the sick and dying, and at the same time of keeping it reverently and securely while providing by frequent renewal against any danger of the corruption of the sacred species.

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Allegedly consecrated by JPII.
You know, for a second, there... I thought you meant something else.
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You know, for a second, there... I thought you meant something else.
And there will be some on this forum who will swear I did mean something else.
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If reserved sacrament is needed to bring to say an invalid or someone dying - that is its primary use - adoration and private prayer time in second place.
I didn't say it wasn't.

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I occasionally see a few parishoners take a pyx to Communion with them, and the priest gives them consecrated hosts to put in it.

I have no idea what they do with them, but they are well-known parishoners, so I don't consider it my business.
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