Here’s an interesting question: Is it permissible to receive communion from the chalice only? That is to say: they receive under the species of wine only, and not under the species of bread, as is usually the case.
I ask this question because I have observed several situations where a Mass is celebrated with a larger congregation than anticipated. As a result, the priest may consecrate an insufficient number of hosts, and during the communion rite, he and his assisting EMHCs fraction the hosts to ensure that every one can receive our Lord. Sometimes, however, this is still insufficient, and they run out of hosts before they run out of communicants. At this point, is it permitted for the priest to offer the chalice to the communicants so that they can still communicate?
Of course, I am well aware that both species are fully the Body and Blood of Christ, but I merely to inquire if it is permitted under such circumstances. I see no theological hurdle to it, but history has shown us that the Church tends to prefer communion under the species of bread, and Pope Pius II even once prohibited communion under both kinds in favour of the species of bread alone. As such, to turn the tables and have communion under species of wine alone would certainly seem very odd, hence my concern.
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