A few weeks ago, I was teaching a class on Eucharist and a person who is an EMHC asked this question…
“When Fr. So-and-so comes up for communion, I see the deacon hold out the paten to him without saying 'The Body of Christ”. What should I do when I offer him the cup?"
First, you should know that the priest in question is a retired Franciscan friar who doesn’t concelebrate for a legitimate reason which I don’t want to get into.
After spending weeks researching this issue, the only answer I could come up with was that this practice was not permitted. I asked the deacon why he did this and he said that during his training to be a deacon, the diocesan liturgist told him to do that. I told him that practice was incorrect.
Then, lo and behold, yesterday morning I went to morning Mass at a totally different Franciscan parish in another state, and the same thing happened! The presider offered the paten to the man next to me without saying “The Body of Christ”. After Mass, I overheard the man talking and it was clear he was a priest. By the way, he received from the same paten I did - so it couldn’t have been a gluten free host.
Is there anyone in this forum who can give me a definite answer - backed by a liturgical document - that says this is the way a priest who is not concelebrating is to receive Communion?
Thank you so much for your help with this.