I’m new to this board, but old school Catholic (I served Latin Mass when that’s all there was ;)). I’d like to know if there has been any change in the way a dropped Host is handled during Holy Communion.
Back in my day (sorry about that!) we used to hold the paten underneath the recipient so that if a Host dropped, we’d catch it before it hit the floor. If a Host did hit the floor, the area was cordoned off and had to be cleansed (I don’t remember the specifics, but I remember it was a big deal, which is why us altar boys made sure it didn’t happen).
Patens have gone away, but my impression is that it’s still a big deal if a Host drops to the floor. The reason I’m asking this is that at my local church, I’ve seen the Host hit the floor three times in the last few months. The first time, the recipient casually picked it off the floor and consumed it, the second and third, the priest picked it up and put it back with the other Hosts! At no time was anything done to cleanse the area where the Host fell, nor did anyone even check to see if any bits had broken off.
I know times have changed, but I can’t believe they’ve changed that much. What is your experience with this and do you think I should take this up with my parish priest?
Thanks and God Bless!