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Old May 12, '12, 7:29 pm
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is it hygienic to give out communion bread/wine in spoon ?
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is it hygienic to give out communion bread/wine in spoon ?
The spoon is used to retrieve and serve the Holy Eucharist to the communicant and sometimes the side of the spoon does come in contact with the edge of the communicants mouth. Normally the communicants do not close their mouth on the spoon, rather, a drop occurs. The spoon comes into contact with the Holy Blood (containing alcohol) before the next communicant receives.
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Particular Law for the Byzantine-Ruthenian Church in the USA allows both deacons and laity to distribute communion if there is a true need:

"Canon 709 §2
§l. In cases of true necessity, deacons may distribute the Divine Eucharist.
§2. In the same cases, even minor clerics and members of the laity can be designated to distribute the Divine Eucharist.
1o. A parish may have one person designated for this purpose plus another for each 75 communicants at the Liturgy...


http://www.byzcath.org/index.php?opt...sk=view&id=334

So it's wrong to suggest that only the ordained may distribute holy communion in the Eastern Side of the Catholic Church. Further, depending on individual church configuration (standing ahead of the iconstasis) there is nothing in the above language that prohibits a female from distributing holy communion in the Byzantine-Ruthenian Church in the USA.

FWIW, there is absolutely no prohibition in the Latin Rite of the Church for properly commissioned lay members to distribute communion via intinction if there is indeed a need for them to distribute communion.
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The spoon is used to retrieve and serve the Holy Eucharist to the communicant and sometimes the side of the spoon does come in contact with the edge of the communicants mouth. Normally the communicants do not close their mouth on the spoon, rather, a drop occurs. The spoon comes into contact with the Holy Blood (containing alcohol) before the next communicant receives.
There are Churches where the communicants actually do clamp down on the spoon with their lips. I think in these parishes the red napkin is used to wipe the spoon between communicants.
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There are Churches where the communicants actually do clamp down on the spoon with their lips. I think in these parishes the red napkin is used to wipe the spoon between communicants.
I haven't see that, rather receive by spoon (touching), then blot the mouth with the red communion cloth, then kiss the Chalice. Also, infants usually touch the spoon when receiving.
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I haven't see that, rather receive by spoon (touching), then blot the mouth with the red communion cloth, then kiss the Chalice. Also, infants usually touch the spoon when receiving.
I was surprised to see people closing their lips around the spoon in a video some time back. So I asked about it and got the response that this is not unusual someplaces, now I don't remember where. Perhaps outside the US since here we always talk about opening your mouth wide like a baby bird for the priest or deacon to toss the Eucharist in with the spoon, in the Churches where this is the practice.
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I was surprised to see people closing their lips around the spoon in a video some time back. So I asked about it and got the response that this is not unusual someplaces, now I don't remember where. Perhaps outside the US since here we always talk about opening your mouth wide like a baby bird for the priest or deacon to toss the Eucharist in with the spoon, in the Churches where this is the practice.
I was a white american convert to the Eastern Orthodox Church and I would close my lips around the spoon. In my parish we were taught to "just take It," rather than waiting for the priest to try dumping the Eucharist from the spoon into your mouth. I think that many people feel that one might catch a sickness from the Eucharist. The priests finish off the Chalice after everyone communes and they don't get sick. Of course if you partake unworthily, that is another story...
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We use prosphoras but it is a combination of the pre-cut and the prosphora. I bake them and the priest uses one per Sunday Liturgy.
We also bake for our parish. My granddaughter who is 8 also helps.
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You bake the prosphoron? Awesome!
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I received communion one time at an EC church and I had gone with a friend. So I received from a spoon.

Now this isn't very spiritual, but I was shocked at how good it tasted. I said to my friend, "Are you kidding? This is what you have every day?"

She was dying laughing.
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Now this isn't very spiritual, but I was shocked at how good it tasted. I said to my friend, "Are you kidding? This is what you have every day?"

She was dying laughing.
Our deacon, a friend and I took a run up to another EC parish about 2 1/2 hours north of us for Liturgy a week ago Sunday. Our deacon was totally taken with the wine used there for the Precious Blood. At $15/bottle, compared to the $6/bottle we use I can see why it was more pleasing to his taste, and after all he consumes a LOT more than we do. I expect him to ask me to get a bottle of the same stuff on the next shopping list.

Does her parish actually have daily Divine Liturgy?
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I received communion one time at an EC church and I had gone with a friend. So I received from a spoon.

Now this isn't very spiritual, but I was shocked at how good it tasted. I said to my friend, "Are you kidding? This is what you have every day?"

She was dying laughing.
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Our deacon, a friend and I took a run up to another EC parish about 2 1/2 hours north of us for Liturgy a week ago Sunday. Our deacon was totally taken with the wine used there for the Precious Blood. At $15/bottle, compared to the $6/bottle we use I can see why it was more pleasing to his taste, and after all he consumes a LOT more than we do. I expect him to ask me to get a bottle of the same stuff on the next shopping list.

Does her parish actually have daily Divine Liturgy?
Yes. She goes to St George Ukrainian Catholic Church. I think you know of it.

They have DL at 6 AM, 7:30 AM and 8:30 AM during the week in Ukrainian though. I visited that mass before and had no idea what was going on as I couldn't read the alphabet, but I attended the 4PM English mass with her the day I received communion.

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Amen!

Now granted, I have never received the blood from a chalice, so I guess the wine is normally sweet? I probably expected it to be a dry wine.
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