I'm reminded of these things each time I distribute communion during Sunday Mass. So now I'm collecting my wisdom, passing it along, and using Kelly's SQT Link-Up as my platform, like always using the ole' blog and my four readers to Change the World!
As a note if you are thinking this is in any way being irreverent to the Eucharist, know that I have a great devotion to the Eucharist and am a Daily Communicant. These are the practical things to laugh about and learn from - they will make a difference!
So here are my Seven Quick Takes for this week!
If you receive communion in the hand, put one hand on top of the other, creating a small table / altar to receive the Lord on. Do not, and I repeat, do NOT, grab the host with your fingers. Let the Priest or EMC (Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion) place the host in your hand. Do not put both hands beside each other leaving the choice of which hand to use to the EMC, they will inevitably always choose the opposite one and the host will be thrown from one hand to the other in a feeble attempt to right the wrong. So place your hands palms up, one on top of the other, typically the 'dominate hand' on bottom. After the host is placed on your hand, use the bottom hand to place the host in your mouth. Don't just raise your hands up to your mouth - you don't raise the plate to your mouth when you're eating at home, right? Right!
If you receive communion on the tongue, be aware of a few things. First, you should in fact stick your tongue out. I know it might seem weird, but it's not - we are trying to in fact place a small wafer on your tongue without having to reach our fist into your mouth. A priest in Brazil told us your tongue should extend past your lower lip. Open your mouth, don't turn your head down so it's like trying to put a token up into a slot. It'll be easier to everyone, I promise.
Remember it's your option / personal preference for you to receive on the tongue or in the hand except if you're at a Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form. Then all are to receive kneeling (if you're physically able to) at the Altar Rail (or kneeler provided) on the tongue. And you don't have to say "AMEN", the priest distributing communion does that for you. As a side note, when receiving communion at a Novus Ordo Mass, say "AMEN"!
Oh and also in the Vatican, all are expected to receive on the tongue, the more you know!
A little more serious for a second, you should fast for one hour before receiving communion. One hour, every time - from all food and drink except that which is medically necessary.
This includes GUM, yes GUM! You shouldn't be chewing it in Church, on your way to communion, or while you have Jesus in your mouth. Yeah - I mean it, Jesus and Gum don't go together. Spit it out before Mass - preferably at least one hour before communion!
And while we're at it, we are genuflecting to Jesus in the Tabernacle, NOT to the back of the Church, your brother, the center of the Church. But Jesus! So face him when you go down, all the way down, to the right knee, not anywhere else. It's SUPER awkward when you're just sitting there and all of a sudden someone genuflects facing you, right into your face - and I'm already a bit of a drama queen, no need to do anything to feed that ego! Leave the genuflecting to Jesus and not the people!
Happy feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe! Have an excellent Friday!