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Old Jan 11, '09, 5:04 pm
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This morning at mass I received communion from a Eucharistic minister and she said "The body of God" to me. I was shocked and I know that my face said volumes when I heard her utter something other than "The body of Christ."

My knee-jerk reaction is always to reject this kind of "progressive" act. Is this an abuse?
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Old Jan 11, '09, 6:02 pm
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Was it an older person? Sometimes folks just plain misspeak. Especially in a liturgical situation, it can make people uncomfortable , because they are supposed to say 'the rgiht thing' at 'the right time'. Unless you noticed them saying that to EVERYONE in the line, I wouldn't worry about it. The look on your face was probably reminder enough to them that it was wrong, assuming it was a mistake and not an intentional violation. Even as a mistake, it's not really all that disrespectful, like dropping it or something would be.
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Old Jan 11, '09, 6:19 pm
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This morning at mass I received communion from a Eucharistic minister and she said "The body of God" to me. I was shocked and I know that my face said volumes when I heard her utter something other than "The body of Christ."

My knee-jerk reaction is always to reject this kind of "progressive" act. Is this an abuse?
The only acceptable words for the person distributing the Body of Christ at that moment are "The Body of Christ" (if the language is English of course!).

Anyone can make a mistake. However if this is done intentionally it is indeed an abuse.
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Old Jan 11, '09, 6:29 pm
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Once a priest refused to say "the Body of Christ." I received, but I was highly disturbed. What should I have done?!
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Old Jan 11, '09, 6:35 pm
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The only acceptable words for the person distributing the Body of Christ at that moment are "The Body of Christ" (if the language is English of course!).

Anyone can make a mistake. However if this is done intentionally it is indeed an abuse.
Yes. From my own experience tho' as a Lay Eucharistic Minister (their term, also termed a "lem") in the Episcopalian church, before I converted - Sometimes when I was serving in this capacity, I felt like a deer in the headlights. What was happening (I believed in a sort of consubstantiation at the time) was sooooo very tremendous that I wasn't able to keep my focus, at all.
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Old Jan 11, '09, 6:37 pm
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This is kind of off topic, but when I receive the cup from hispanic people with heavy accents, it sounds as if they say "The bloodless Christ."
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Old Jan 11, '09, 6:43 pm
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Muffinmojo - Yes, it was a woman in her mid 50's I guess .... and she repeated it more than once, she repeated it to my wife too!
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Old Jan 12, '09, 8:05 pm
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This morning at mass I received communion from a Eucharistic minister and she said "The body of God" to me. I was shocked and I know that my face said volumes when I heard her utter something other than "The body of Christ."

My knee-jerk reaction is always to reject this kind of "progressive" act. Is this an abuse?
hmm, maybe in her own way she was trying to tell people something about the real presence, but clearly it was an abuse. although maybe she didn't know that so she wouldn't be culpable. I think that unless there is a real emergency, only priests should be giving out communion, and directly on the tongue.
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Old Jan 12, '09, 8:23 pm
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... I think that unless there is a real emergency, only priests should be giving out communion, and directly on the tongue.


I could almost start a new thread about this.
Hmmmm......
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Yes. From my own experience tho' as a Lay Eucharistic Minister (their term, also termed a "lem") in the Episcopalian church, before I converted - Sometimes when I was serving in this capacity, I felt like a deer in the headlights. What was happening (I believed in a sort of consubstantiation at the time) was sooooo very tremendous that I wasn't able to keep my focus, at all.
I attended an Episcopal Church for 10 years. I always received the consecrated bread from one of the priests (the Cup-Bearer was usually a Eucharistic Minister, i.e., Layperson). And the priests said one of two things: "The Body of Christ." Or, "The Body of Christ, the Bread of Heaven." As a Catholic, I never heard my priest ever refer to the wafer as "The Body of God."
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Old Jan 13, '09, 5:44 am
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I could almost start a new thread about this.
Hmmmm......
Thanks Reg. My other question is why do 70 and 80 year olds receive communion in their hand. For half their lives they've been receiving it on their tongue, why wouldn't they just keep it up?
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Old Jan 13, '09, 6:34 am
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We have a new nun in our parish. The only time I've heard her read at Mass, she ended the readings with "The Word of our Gawd." (Spelling to emphasize her delighted pronunciation.)

If I hear it again, I'm chewing butt. Charitably, of course.
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Old Jan 13, '09, 6:35 am
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We have a new nun in our parish. The only time I've heard her read at Mass, she ended the readings with "The Word of our Gawd." (Spelling to emphasize her delighted pronunciation.)

If I hear it again, I'm chewing butt. Charitably, of course.
What's chewing butt?
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Old Jan 13, '09, 9:30 am
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A euphemism for sternly addressing an issue with someone.
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Old Jan 13, '09, 9:39 am
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Last summer I attended a Mass in a nearby parish (NOT "my" parish!)........the priest there (a known liberal one thru the years.....) said "Body of God" when we went up to recieve. I think I may have posted about that here (I dont remember....gettin old~LOL!) but I did consult a friend who suggested that I call the bishops office. I did and they must have spoken to him as a few weeks later I ended up having to attend that Mass again, but this time he did say, "Body of Christ". The first time when he said "Body of God" I was so startled that I am suprised I pulled myself together enough to recieve (on the tongue I might add~this priest didnt seem to happy to do that either. This same priest when I went to confession to him ONCE , told me that I didnt have to say the Act of Contrision, only what I wanted to, I could say my own..... ) Needless to say we made sure to find other masses to attend if we cant attend our regular parish!
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