Two weeks ago my parish monsignor put an insert into the bulletin which contained instructions how to receive the Eucharist. The insert said that receiving on the tongue came about only a couple of hundred years ago where very pious people started to believe that they were not “worthy enough” to touch the Holy Host with their hands. Thus, started receiving on the tongue, and this practice spread throughout the world.
It went on to say that the correct way to receive Holy Communion is in the hand, since Christ Himself put His Body (the unleaven bread) into the hands of His Apostles. He did not distribute His Body onto their tongues.
For two years I wouldn’t dream of receiving in the hand, but now I do simply because of what this insert claimed. It actually feels right to me as well as receiving on the tongue.
For those who would like to know exactly what this insert said, I’ll go home tonight and find it and write word for word what is said about how the practice started with receiving on the tongue.
But this man was right in picking the Eucharist up from the floor and placing it in his mouth. I watched a woman who dropped the Host on the floor, pick it up - and after mass, left it lying on the ledge near the Tabernacle. I had to alert the Deacon. I felt very bad for her that she did not want to receive because Jesus fell on the floor.