Recently I have become aware of multiple priests who say “Blood of Christ” instead of “Body of Christ” when distributing the consecrated host at Communion. I note that these are just consecrated hosts, no intinction, and I have been receiving in the hand when this occurs.
The first priest who I noticed doing this is from Africa (Cameroon), very holy, very orthodox, gives good homilies, good confessor, has been in USA for several years and speaks English well with a slight accent. I have received from him at this point several dozen times because he is at the closest parish. He definitely says “Blood of Christ” when he puts the Communion in my hand. I have listened over and over to make sure I don’t get it wrong. I mentioned it once on this forum and one of the other regular posters facepalmed and spoke of this priest like the priest must not know what he is doing. Therefore out of respect for the priest, who from where I sit is doing a great job and not deserving of ridicule, I did not mention it again on here, but I also thought this might be a quirk of the particular priest since all the other priests, deacons and EMHCs said “Body of Christ” when putting the Eucharist in my hand.
However, last week I went to a Polish parish and received Communion from the pastor there. In non-COVID times I often went to this parish a few times a month because it has evening Mass on weekdays. The pastor there often says Mass, but usually does not distribute Communion as he has a disability that makes it hard for him to stand. This one time however he distributed Communion himself and I noticed he said “Blood of Christ” as well when he put the Eucharist in my hand. This priest is an older man who is originally from Poland, attended seminary there and studied in Rome, and served for some years in Africa (Gambia) but has been serving in the USA since the 1990s and speaks English very well with only a slight accent, so there is no language barrier. He is also an extremely holy and very orthodox priest, very old school European, and I just found out he knew Pope St. John Paul II and concelebrated Mass with him eight times in at least four different countries.
So, does anyone else’s priest say “Blood of Christ” instead of “Body of Christ” when distributing the consecrated host at OF Mass?
Is this an African thing? A Central European thing?
Please note, I do NOT think in either case that the priests are committing liturgical abuse of any kind; they are more orthodox than the average OF priest, and we are not talking about new priests, “modern” priests, or poorly catechized priests (based on their respective homilies they are better catechized than the average US priest). Please be respectful when you comment as, while I respect all the priests I meet who are not running around breaking their priestly vows, I have particularly high respect for these two priests. No facepalming please.
I am also well aware that the consecrated host contains Christ’s body and blood, even without intinction in the Precious Blood.
I am just curious about this custom because most priests say “Body of Christ”.