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Is communion on the tongue unsanitary?

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Is communion on the tongue unsanitary?

As a follow-up to the article published in the Brisbane diocesan paper against the reception of Holy Communion by the faithful kneeling and on the tongue (Rorate Caeli, Feb 14, 2012, Australian Archdiocesan paper: Communion in the tongue is "unhygienic", disruptive and based on "over-emphasis on Christ's divinity"), the American District of the Society of Saint Pius X published the following informative article, which provides useful points for when this matter comes up in your discussions...

...But with Communion in the hand, full hand-to-hand contact is made between the administrator (usually the ubiquitous Eucharistic Minister) and the communicants, who often have not washed (or sanitized) their hands prior to receiving. Hence with in-the-hand, there is a very real danger of spreading unwanted germs.

The fact is, before the progressivists’ clamor for Communion in the hand (something we might add episcopal conferences did without the Holy See’s approval), the issue of hygiene was never raised concerning the traditional manner of receiving Holy Communion and this during an era when the hygienic advocates were in full swing to make the world germ free.

The irony of this charge against Communion on the tongue is that those who promote in-the-hand for non-existent hygienic reasons simultaneously encourage the practice of “sharing the cup” (receiving the Precious Blood communally from a chalice) which the Roman Church ceased in ancient times precisely due to hygienic concerns (i.e., because of the backwash of saliva that inevitable occurs from a group of people drinking from the same vessel) which in turn could lead to disdain of this Sacred Mystery.


Rorate Caeli

dm21
Ok so first of all Holy Communion should only be distributed by a Priest. Second everyone should be receiving Jesus Body and Blood Kneeling and on the tongue, except for those who suffer physically and ofcourse are unable to kneel. Pope Benedict is showing the Church by example that one should kneel before our Lord and Savior Our King. So easily do men bow down and nearly prostrate themselves …More
Ok so first of all Holy Communion should only be distributed by a Priest. Second everyone should be receiving Jesus Body and Blood Kneeling and on the tongue, except for those who suffer physically and ofcourse are unable to kneel. Pope Benedict is showing the Church by example that one should kneel before our Lord and Savior Our King. So easily do men bow down and nearly prostrate themselves before Celebrities, Kings; Queens, and other "influential people" of this world, but when it comes to do so for Jesus our Savior, no we begin to complain that "Oh, it's unhygenic!!?!" come on people wake up stop sleeping and stop trying to let the Antichrist take over! Soon before we know it, the PERPETUAL SACRIFICE will be ABOLISHED!! This is what the AntiChrist Freemasons are up to...wake up and defend Jesus in the Holy Eucharist and Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, be an Example and Fight for the TRUTH!!!!!
RomanCandle
“This people honoureth me with their lips:
but their heart is far from me”
, Mt 15:8
holyrope 3
Panis Angelicus!!! Beautiful, GloriaTV!! Grazie tanti!
soundingjoy
Oh, the desperate depravity of my nature, the deep inquity of my heart ~~Will not the blood drops of Jesus move us? Will not the agonies of the cross influence us? Will not dying love constrain us to move prostrate to receive His Body and Blood, without my flesh tainting His Blood Stained Majesty. I bow and receive Him on my tongue, unworthy sinner that I am.
holyrope 3
Some people have both...filthy hearts and filthy hands...Have Mercy! Bishop Athanasius says Communion on the Tongue is the right way to receive Our Lord.
holyrope 3
Get on your Knees and Stick that tongue out, although so unworthy of Him...how much more unworthy are we when people receive this KIng, This Creator, This One and Only God in filthy hands allowing pieces of Him to be shed onto the ground, into other peoples hands when shaking hands and even using the restroom! Those clergy who promote and try to refuse anyone who kneels and receives on the …More
Get on your Knees and Stick that tongue out, although so unworthy of Him...how much more unworthy are we when people receive this KIng, This Creator, This One and Only God in filthy hands allowing pieces of Him to be shed onto the ground, into other peoples hands when shaking hands and even using the restroom! Those clergy who promote and try to refuse anyone who kneels and receives on the tongue will have to pay dearly!



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