[quote=Coptic]I recently learned that when taking communion, often times Catholics only receive the Body and not the Blood of Christ.
Now I assume this wasn’t always the case and like the Orthodox Churches you used to receive both–is that a fair assumption?
When and why did the practice change?
I’ve heard before that you believe the host contains both the body and blood–where did this concept or theory come from?
Thank you in advance for your responses.
The fullness of Christ, His body, blood, soul, and divinity, is present under both species. It’s not a theory, but a fact of Catholic theology.
St. Thomas Aquinas confirms this in the Summa (Third Part, Question 76, Article 2):
After what we have said above (Article ), it must be held most certainly that the whole Christ is under each sacramental species yet not alike in each. For the body of Christ is indeed present under the species of bread by the power of the sacrament, while the blood is there from real concomitance, as stated above (Article , ad 1) in regard to the soul and Godhead of Christ; and under the species of wine the blood is present by the power of the sacrament, and His body by real concomitance, as is also His soul and Godhead: because now Christ’s blood is not separated from His body, as it was at the time of His Passion and death. Hence if this sacrament had been celebrated then, the body of Christ would have been under the species of the bread, but without the blood; and, under the species of the wine, the blood would have been present without the body, as it was then, in fact.