Not wanting to hijack another thread - I’ll start this one and see where the discussion takes us:
[quote=JKirkLVNV]But…are we permitted to do so now by the Holy See? Did the Holy Father or those acting in his competence give permission for the Church in America to distribute Holy Communion in the hand?
Not to hijack the thread, sorry, Exporter.
- Yes we are permitted to do so now by the Holy See which acquiesced under Paul VI driven by the the leadership of Cardinal Bernardin when he headed the NCCB.
Brief history in our times: Cardinal Suenens of Belgium revived the reception of Communion in the hand breaking a long standing custom of “consecrated hands” only in the Latin rite. It began to spread In 1969, Pope Paul VI polled the bishops of the world on the question of communion-in-the-hand and subsequently proclaimed that, while there was no consensus for the practice worldwide, in those areas where a different practice prevails it may be introduced by a two-thirds vote of the bishops (of each conference).
Outside of the dissidents who heavily promoted it, the practice of receiving the Blessed Sacrament in one’s hand was not common in most parishes…
Following from St. Catherine’s Review:"Despite the fact that communion-in-the-hand could hardly be considered a prevailing practice in the United States, the Archbishop of Cincinnati, Joseph Bernardin hen president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB), initiated two unsuccessful attempts to introduce the practice in 1975 and 1976, stating that communion-in-the-hand had become universally popular as a natural expression of the pious sentiments of the faithful.
In the Spring of 1977 at Archbishop Bernardin’s last meeting as president of the NCCB and with San Francisco’s Archbishop Quinn acting as the chief designated lobbyist for communion-in-the-hand, the bishops’ vote again fell short of the necessary two-thirds majority. Nevertheless, for the first time ever, bishops in absentia were polled by mail after the conference meeting; subsequently the necessary votes materialized and the measure was declared passed. Soon thereafter the practice of communion-in-the-hand spread rapidly throughout the country, and in a few years the new practice became normative amongst American parishes."
Brief notes on earlier church practice from:
As the Synod of Trullo in its one hundred and first Canon cited St. Cyril, the ‘traditionalist’ accusation that the citation is a possible forgery is effectively falsified. Nevertheless, the reader must understand that this method of reception as outlined by St. Basil, St. Cyril, and other early Fathers is not how people today receive by hand. In ancient times, the hands would be shaped as a cross and the host would be placed in the palm of the top hand. From there the communicant would lift both hands to the mouth and take it that way. Nevertheless, the host does touch the palm with either method of reception
Paten: The word paten comes from a Latin form patina or patena, evidently imitated from the Greek patane. It seems from the beginning to have been used to denote a flat open vessel of the nature of a plate or dish. Such vessels in the first centuries were used in the service of the altar, and probably served to collect the offerings of bread made by the faithful and also to distribute the consecrated fragments which, after the loaf had been broken by the celebrant, were brought down to the communicants, WHO IN THEIR OWN HANDS RECEIVED EACH A PORTION FROM THE PATINA…