Second reception of Holy Communion vs. consuming remaining hosts


#1

Hi, sometimes after morning Mass I go to an elder home to lead a Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion service if our priest is busy. Having received at Mass I don’t receive during the service but distribute to those attending who wish to receive. On other occasions I accompany our priest to serve at Mass, and receive communion since it is a second Mass. Afterwards, if the priest has business elsewhere he and I consume the remaining hosts. After leading a Word and Communion service I have always returned immediately to church to replace any unconsumed hosts in the Tabernacle. Does anyone know whether it would be permissible for me to consume a few remaining hosts in case I have a small errand to do, or should I simply return to church with the remaining hosts? Thanks for any guidance,


#2

You should return them to the church if that’s possible and practical.

If not, you can consume them. This is not considered “receiving” an additional time.


#3

We have been taught to immediately return them to the tabernacle at the church. So unless it is an emergency, you are doing well to continue what you are doing.

I will be doing my first Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion at a nursing home on Wednesday. Please pray that it goes well.


#4

Hi, I will keep you in my prayers, especially tomorrow morning.


#5

Thank you. :slight_smile:


#6

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