The local Diocese where I’m staying right now forbade the Eucharist on the tongue to prevent spreading of the H1N1 problem. The Archdiocese that covers this Diocese did too. I’m just curious how widespread this is. Do you guys happen to know of other Dioceses that ordered the same thing?
I like taking the Eucharist on the tongue. I hope this ban will be lifted soon. I noticed one of the Eucharistic Ministers kind of places the Eucharist in each person’s hand a little too hard. On one occassion, I noticed a very small crumb of the Host break off when he placed it into my hand. This really makes me worry. I knew enough that this small piece still contains Jesus’ Presence, but I’m also realistic enough to know most Catholics probably aren’t aware of that. That Eucharistic Minister putting the Host into my hand roughly wasn’t a one-time thing – he did it other times too. In all probability, other people who got the Eucharist from him probably have had crumbs break off. They probably would just brush it off their hands, which is horrible. I can’t bear to think of Jesus being swept away with dust. Come to think of it, I should speak with the parish priest about this.
Anyway, do other Dioceses have this same prohibition? Also, is it kind of an over-reaction? If I remember right, the US Secretary for Health and Human Services said H1N1 is no worse than the other strains of the flu. What are your thoughts?