on the tongue or in the hand?

How do you recieve Jesus, on your tongue or in your hand?
I personally prefer the tongue.
God Bless,

Justin

Tongue, all the way. (Or rather, all the time? :stuck_out_tongue: )

Once, I was at this very lightly attended Mass and (I like to think because I was praying) wasn’t paying close attention to the flow of the last part of the Liturgy of the Eucharist. I stood for communion and received it from a EMoHC. I kept my hands folded, and she seemed really confused. Then, when she realized I wasn’t going to put my hands out, she sorta sighed and placed it on my tongue. Imagine my surprise when I looked up and saw that the Priest had paused the liturgy and was (apparently) intending for us all to put the hosts in our mouths at the same time he did.

I guess I sorta jumped the gun that time. :banghead:

***I tried receiving on the tongue for awhile (which I prefer) but I’ve found that it tends to fluster the Eucharistic ministers. :hmmm: ***

[quote=Catholic4aReasn]***I tried receiving on the tongue for awhile (which I prefer) but I’ve found that it tends to fluster the Eucharistic ministers. :hmmm: ***
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I too receive on the tongue…
A few years ago my husband went through a 12 week instruction period on EME’s. However, while much historical, etc. explanation of the Eucharist was given,no real instruction was given on how to specifically administer it! We asked a priest we knew to give him a private demo…when the question of giving it on the tongue came up, (most people in my former diocese receive in the hand) he told him to place it in their hand…“to bad if they don’t like it”, was the attitude… ??? Where are the Liturgical Police on this one?:tsktsk:
Annunciata:(

My hands and fingers aren’t as trusty as they use to be :frowning:

On the tongue, administered by a priest or deacon, and kneeling at a communion rail.

[quote=larryo]On the tongue, administered by a priest or deacon, and kneeling at a communion rail.
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I’ll second Larryo’s comment. I love being able to kneel at the Communion rail NEXT TO my bride, just like at our wedding almost five years ago!

Marc

i couldn’t honestly vote either/or…

I really don’t have an issue or preference…

If two priest or extra-ordinary eucahristic minister were giving communion side by side i would probably step in the line with the priest or minister giving it in the hand, only because now that’s the way we have been doing it for years now and to change back would seem a little strange… I can tell you that when I went to Rome last year, attended mass 3 seperate times at St Peters, the communion lines were doing more of in the hand then on the tongue, but both sides were well represented…

i guess i could swing both ways… probably not the best choice of description here… :smiley:

Peace… :thumbsup:

I usually receive on the tongue, but kinda threw the priest a few days ago at daily Mass – I’d had oral surgery the day before and didn’t want to show off my stitches – so I received in the hand for the first time in my life. I liked having that option under those circumstances, but really think that on the tongue is more reverent.

I prefer tongue…you don’t have to worry about accidentally desecrating the Eucharist, since when I used to take the Eucharist by hand, my first instinct after putting it in my mouth was to wipe my hands on my pants!:eek: :eek: :eek:

1st preference: On the tongue, from a priest or deacon. From anyone else, in the hand.

Many years ago, I was a cantor (still am, actually), and this was before Redemtionis Sacramentum and other documents clarified that the priest was to receive both species before anyone else did. The deacon would distribute the hosts to everyone in the sanctuary and we would all consume the Host at the same time. I didn’t really like receiving in the hand even then, so I tried to make it a little nicer by dusting a tiny bit of gold metallic eye shadow in my left palm, where Our Lord would be placed. It was silly, I know, but I did it out of love!

Betsy

[quote=baltobetsy]1st preference: On the tongue, from a priest or deacon. From anyone else, in the hand.

Many years ago, I was a cantor (still am, actually), and this was before Redemtionis Sacramentum and other documents clarified that the priest was to receive both species before anyone else did. The deacon would distribute the hosts to everyone in the sanctuary and we would all consume the Host at the same time. I didn’t really like receiving in the hand even then, so I tried to make it a little nicer by dusting a tiny bit of gold metallic eye shadow in my left palm, where Our Lord would be placed. It was silly, I know, but I did it out of love!

Betsy
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just curious as to why in the hand from other than a Priest or Deacon??? :confused:

[quote=space ghost]just curious as to why in the hand from other than a Priest or Deacon??? :confused:
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It’s a symbolism thing. When an ordained person gives me the Eucharist, it is as if Jesus Himself is feeding me, because they act in persona Christi. I see receiving on the tongue as an act of humility, which I reserve for Jesus, acting through the priest or deacon. An Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion is my peer, and it’s not the same thing as being fed by Jesus.

Betsy

[quote=Annunciata]…We asked a priest we knew to give him a private demo…when the question of giving it on the tongue came up, (most people in my former diocese receive in the hand) he told him to place it in their hand…“to bad if they don’t like it”, was the attitude… ??? Where are the Liturgical Police on this one?:tsktsk:
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Seems like that priest either forgets, or does not wish to remember (!) that receiving in the hand is only allowed by indult, and it could be revoked anytime the Pope decided to!

I was an EMHC for about 3 years quite a while ago. When we were trained, we had a very experienced EMHC from another parish show us exactly how to give Communion on the tongue without any problems. At that time, I used to receive in the hand. Now that I receive on the tongue, I would really like to suggest that I train all the EMHC’s in my parish because very few of them are comfortable giving on the tongue!! There are a few that do it well, but there are others that make me think of the day I had to deliver a letter to a house that had a Rotweiler near the post box!! I kind of tossed the envelope through the slot from a distance, fearing the teeth of the dog!! :eek:

I do like to receive from an EMHC or a priest who knows how to place the Host firmly on the tongue, without tangling their fingers in your teeth!! :thumbsup:

For a while I recieved on the tounge but then when I went to Mass there was an elderly Priest with parkonson’s and arthritis and it obviously caused him a great deal of pain to lift the Eucharist above his sholder level…so out of mercy for him I now recieve in the hand. With the younger priests it depends, I will try to remember to recieve on the tounge, but I wasn’t taught that way and to me its not a habit.

Usually by hand, unless I’m holding a baby.

[quote=baltobetsy]It’s a symbolism thing. When an ordained person gives me the Eucharist, it is as if Jesus Himself is feeding me, because they act in persona Christi. I see receiving on the tongue as an act of humility, which I reserve for Jesus, acting through the priest or deacon. An Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion is my peer, and it’s not the same thing as being fed by Jesus.

Betsy
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Thanks… but your recieving Jesus none the less?.. hey, i here you… thanks :thumbsup:

Always on the tongue, my hands are unworthy to touch the hem on the robe of My Lord and Saviour never mind His Body!

[quote=space ghost]Thanks… but you’re receiving Jesus none the less?.. hey, i hear you… thanks :thumbsup:
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Yes, absolutely, of course. The Eucharist is always the same, regardless of the minister.

Betsy

When I first entered the church, I took it in the hand. I thought it was “disgusting” to have someone put something in my mouth. Then, I read (I can’t remember where that the Pope preferred it be taken on the tongue. So, I tried it and found that it wasn’t so disgusting after all. Now, I take it on the tongue.

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