This has been bothering me for sometime and I would appreciate some direction if only to settle my angst about what I believe to be an abuse of the Sacrament.
I visit a friend at a nursing home a couple times a week. One day a week, on Tuesdays, a couple EMsOC come into the facility carrying ciboriums loaded with consecrated Hosts. I’m not talking about a pyx. They are carrying full size, covered ciboriums. Worse yet, my friend who does receive the Eucharistic told me that he noticed that the inside of the ciborium from which he receives Communion is “black” which I can only assume is a result of a unpolished, tarnish laden surface. To add insult to injury (or should I say “sacrilege”) the ciboriums are carried about most casually. I have seen a women carrying two ciboriums, one clutched in her hand the other ciborium pinched between her forearm and body while carrying on conversation with someone.
Besides the obvious problem with the way the vessels are handled, should a EMOC be carrying a ciborium rather then a pyx? I think it has to be assumed that there is a priest somewhere that is allowing this is happen.
I think there are too d*** many EMsOC. It seems to me that in a effort to make sure that every person that wants to receive the Sacrament, much caution is thrown to the winds and Christ is dishonored in the process. Any comments will be appreciated.