[quote="mike52ad, post:11, topic:178649"]
I appreciate the reverance that the posters are expressing about receiving the Eucharist, the very Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ Himself! We should be reverant when we receive Him, I agree.
When I was a child, many years ago, the Eucharist was presented to us in one form only, the Bread. We were taught by the good sisters just what that bread was and were told to let it melt even if it got stuck to the roof of our mouth and we were never to touch it with our hands for the priest's hands were specially blessed to touch it.
That being said, I have to say in my opinion, it matters not how we receive the Eucharist, just that we do. I notice that in most churches the entire congregation gets up and receives while the confession lines remain short or even non existant. Perhaps instead of worrying about touching the host, our tongue is no cleaner then our hands to be honest about it when you compare who we are to who He is, we should consider the state of our soul more. I am not judging anyone here, just pointing out that the outward reverence for the Sacrament of LIfe should express the inward reverence we feel and should match the status of our souls.
Further, I would not let any condition set by the bishops, who we are to obey, keep me from receiving Christ, in hand or mouth. Peace to all in this Advent season. Welcome Christ by taking advantage of the Sacrament of Pennance.
I don't want to run this thread off topic, as I know the OP didn't ask for a debate on which is the best way to receive Holy Communion. However, you are right, Mike, that first and foremost it is the cleanliness of our souls which is most important. The particular way in which we receive the Holy Eucharist should be an outer sign of our recognition of, and devotion to, the Real Presence of Christ. I have just finished reading a short book by Bishop Athanasius Schneider called Dominus Est - It is the Lord!. It is an excellent study of reception of Holy Communion in the Early Church, through the Reformation and to the present day. He notes how many Protestant reformers would not allow their followers to receive while kneeling because they denied the Real Presence - those reformers who did not question the Real Presence continued to have their followers adhere to the Church's practice of receiving the Sacred Host kneeling and on the tongue. There are many quotes from the current Holy Father - both as Pope and as Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. An excellent and convincing read (he also includes a beautiful story involving his mother and devotion to the Blessed Sacrament during a time of persecution). I bought my copy at Southwell Books.