I am a college campus minister who just finished up my first year doing this ministry. At Mass, I fill in whichever liturgical roles (reader, usher, EMHC, Cantor) need filling. Before being campus minister I was not an EMHC at my home parish so I have nothing to go on from experience. Part of my job is to train students and community members in their liturgical roles. The chaplain I work under has a tendency to give vague/ambiguous short answers when questions are asked so it is hard to get specific answers in regard to liturgical norms (his area of function at the Newman Center).
My question regards the consumption of Precious Blood that remains after communion has been distributed. We have been instructed by the priest to consume the precious blood that remains and then walk over to the sacristy where we are to run the chalice under water (about 1/4 full) and then drink so as to make sure all the Precious Blood is consumed. As far as I know, I have not received any instruction in regard to using soap and water to clean any of the vessels. We generally, make sure to consume all the Precious blood, use a purificator to wipe out the chalice, then put the chalices in the cabinet for next week.
Is this considered liturgically correct? I am not sure if this would qualify under “purifying” a vessel considering I am not saying any prayers of any kind, just making sure that I consume all the Precious Blood that remains. This is way the priest has instructed myself and other EMHCs to do consume the remaining Precious Blood.
Thanks for the help/clarification.