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Hand Communion began in Holland shortly before V2 ? If so, by whom ?
V.R.S.
I don't know. I am not from Holland. Cardinal Alfrink (one of main representatives of the progressive alliance at Vatican II) may be a clue.
Seer3
Theodor Innitzer of Vienna celebrated on a people's altar in the 1930s - long before the liturgical reform.
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Is this wrong information ?
Hand Communion (catholicapologetics.info)
Ultraviolet
@chris griffin "No Bible in the world ever said “receive” or that Jesus put the bread on their tongues." No bible in the world ever said Jesus put the bread in their hands, either.
Paco Rivera
You mean altar bread. Host mean the bread is consecrated. F.Y.I.
Rafał_Ovile
Moreover, Communion in the hand leads directly to dropping of Holy Species which is prohibited by Catholic Church under penalty of excommunication. Such self ministering of Holy Communion allows everyone to be one's own minister what also contradicts the norms for extraordinary ministry of Holy Communion issued by pp John Paul II and former Head of CDF Cardinal Ratzinger.
chris griffin
Communion in the Hand is wonderful and Holy and is the practice of Communion specified by Jesus himself.

Every Bible in the world in 3 Gospel passages says that Jesus “gave” the bread and said ‘take and eat”. No Bible in the world ever said “receive” or that Jesus put the bread on their tongues.

And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and …More
Communion in the Hand is wonderful and Holy and is the practice of Communion specified by Jesus himself.

Every Bible in the world in 3 Gospel passages says that Jesus “gave” the bread and said ‘take and eat”. No Bible in the world ever said “receive” or that Jesus put the bread on their tongues.

And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” Matt 26:26

And whilst they were eating, Jesus took bread; and blessing, broke, and gave to them, and said: Take ye. This is my body. Mark 14:22

And taking bread, he gave thanks, and brake; and gave to them, saying: This is my body, which is given for you. Do this for a commemoration of me. Luke 22:19

“Gave” and “take” are the clearly used to communicate hand to hand transmission, not hand to mouth transmission.

Jesus never said and no Bible in the world says that touching the bread with their hands was for the Apostles only or Bishops only.

The Eucharist was received in the hand for the first nine centuries of Christianity. It was the original form of Communion in the early Church…
“Well, here again we know that until the ninth century communion was received in the hand, standing.”(Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger/ Pope Benedict XVI, God is Near Us, Ignatius Press, page 70).

Communion in the Hand is valid and licit throughout most of the world.

Communion on the tongue is an invention of men, not Jesus.

Jesus supported Communion in the Hand when he said “Whoever eatsJohn, CHAPTER 6 | USCCB my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life”. John 6:54. …*”Eats: the verb used in these verses is not the classical Greek verb used of human eating, but that of animal eating: “munch,” “gnaw.”, the opposite of receiving on the tongue.

It is Catholic teaching that the “bread” ceases to be the Body and Blood of Jesus when it becomes unrecognizable as in your photo of the gloved have with unidentifiable specs.
Paco Rivera
The Apostles were Priests.
Caroline03
@chris griffin Those at the table were our first Bishops Chris. Only those with Consecrated hands are permitted to touch the Consecrated Host.
Many Church Councils have pronounced anathemas for laity touching the Consecrated Host. .

Pope John Paul II twice condemned communion in the hand during his pontificate.

Pope St. Eutychian (275-283)
Forbade the faithful from taking the Sacred Host in …
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@chris griffin Those at the table were our first Bishops Chris. Only those with Consecrated hands are permitted to touch the Consecrated Host.
Many Church Councils have pronounced anathemas for laity touching the Consecrated Host. .

Pope John Paul II twice condemned communion in the hand during his pontificate.

Pope St. Eutychian (275-283)
Forbade the faithful from taking the Sacred Host in their hand.

St. Basil the Great, Doctor of the Church (330-379)
"The right to receive Holy Communion in the hand is permitted only in times of persecution." St. Basil the Great considered Communion in the hand so irregular that he did not hesitate to consider it a grave fault.

The Council of Saragossa (380)
Excommunicated anyone who dared continue receiving Holy Communion by hand. This was confirmed by the Synod of Toledo.

Pope St. Leo the Great (440-461)
Energetically defended and required faithful obedience to the practice of administering Holy Communion on the tongue of the faithful.

The Synod of Rouen (650)
Condemned Communion in the hand to halt widespread abuses that occurred from this practice, and as a safeguard against sacrilege.


"Do not put the Eucharist in the hands of any layman or laywomen, but ONLY in their mouths."

The Sixth Ecumenical Council, at Constantinople (680-681)
Forbade the faithful to take the Sacred Host in their hand, threatening transgressors with excommunication.

St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)
"Out of reverence towards this sacrament [the Holy Eucharist], nothing touches it, but what is consecrated; hence the corporal and the chalice are consecrated, and likewise the Priest's hands, for touching this sacrament." (Summa Theologica, Part III, Q. 82, Art. 3, Rep. Obj. 8)

The Council of Trent (1545-1565)
"The fact that only the Priest gives Holy Communion with his consecrated hands is an Apostolic Tradition."

Pope Paul VI (1963-1978)
"This method [on the tongue] must be retained." (Memoriale Domini)

Pope John Paul II
To touch the Sacred Species and to distribute them with their own hands is a privilege of the Ordained. (Dominicae Cenae, 11)

"It is not permitted that the faithful should themselves pick up the Consecrated Bread and the Sacred Chalice, still less that they should hand them from one to another." (Inaestimabile Donum, April 17, 1980, sec. 9)

When Pope St. Pius X was on his death bed in August of 1914, and Holy Communion was brought to him as Viaticum, he received the Sacred Host upon the tongue according to the law and practice of the Catholic Church.

VIII. SCRIPTURAL CONSIDERATIONS

In Holy Communion, we receive the Word made Flesh. When Ezekiel received the word of God, in a wonderful, yet lesser manner than do we, it was as follows:


"And [the Lord] said to me: ..."But you, son of man, hear what I say to you; be not rebellious like that rebellious house; open your mouth, and eat what I give you."

And when I looked, behold, a hand was stretched out to me, and, lo, a written scroll was in it ...

And He said to me; "Son of man, eat what is offered to you; eat this scroll, and go speak to the house of Israel." So I opened my mouth, and He gave me the scroll to eat. ["And I opened my mouth, and He caused me to eat that book."
-Vulgate].

And he said to me, "Son of man, eat this scroll that I give you and fill your stomach with it."
Then I ate it, and it was in my mouth as sweet as honey."
(Ez. 2:1,8,9; 3:13, RSV)

It does NOT say that the prophet stretched out his hand, but that he opened His mouth. And is this not very fitting, since we are to receive the word as little children, whether it be the bread of doctrine or the Bread come down from Heaven?

In another place, in a psalm with clear, prophetic, Eucharistic overtones, which is used in the Office of Corpus Christi, the Lord says to us, "I am the Lord your God, who brought you from the land of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it ... But Israel I would feed with finest wheat and fill them with honey from the rock."

"Wherever I go in the whole world, the thing that makes me the saddest is watching people receive Communion in the hand."
MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA to Fr George William Rutler.
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"The only ones to communicate always standing and with their hands outstretched were from the beginning the Arians, who obstinately denied the Divinity of Christ and who could not see in the Eucharist any more than a simple symbol of "union," which can be taken and handled at will. Millions of present day Catholics including many prelates and priests, have been practically converted to Arianism, a great heresy lasting from the fourth to the seventh century."
chris griffin
Thanks for the replies but these are the FACTS…

Jesus never said and no Bible in the world says that touching the bread with their hands during Holy Communion was for the Apostles only or Bishops only or priests only.

“Gave” and “take” are the clearly used to communicate hand to hand transmission, not hand to mouth transmission.

No Bible in the world translates Matthew 26:26 as “receive”.

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Thanks for the replies but these are the FACTS…

Jesus never said and no Bible in the world says that touching the bread with their hands during Holy Communion was for the Apostles only or Bishops only or priests only.

“Gave” and “take” are the clearly used to communicate hand to hand transmission, not hand to mouth transmission.

No Bible in the world translates Matthew 26:26 as “receive”.

That Jesus put the bread in the Apostles mouths is never supported by the Ancient Fathers and it is a forced, fanciful contrivance.

The Eucharist was received in the hand as the original mode of Communion for the first nine centuries of Christianity. It was the original form of Communion in the early Church for the first nine centuries…
“Well, here again we know that until the ninth century communion was received in the hand, standing.”(Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger/ Pope Benedict XVI, God is Near Us, Ignatius Press, page 70).

Communion in the Hand is valid and licit throughout most of the world.

Communion on the tongue is an invention of men, not Jesus.

“Many Church Councils have pronounced anathemas for laity touching the Consecrated Host”. According to you all those in the first nine centuries died under anathema and millions of priests today are complicit in anathema and millions of Catholics are today, and will die, under anathema for a Church approved mode of Communion. Are you serious?

I thank you and admire your many quotes (22?). You deserve a lot of credit but none of them prove your case. Most of them concern illicit touching by laity or they lack authority or they are common expressions in the Old Testament (seems if Jesus did give the apostles Communion on the tongue the Gospel passages would have said so) or they are personal opinions or they have been overruled. Thanks again, your quotes were interesting.

Communion in the hand is licit, valid and approved by the Catholic Church, has Biblical support and is practiced worldwide.

I am proud to take Communion the way Jesus said.