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Frequently Asked Questions
regarding
COMMUNION ON THE TONGUE.

Q. 1. What is the Church teaching regarding distribution of the Holy Communion? Must everyone now receive Communion in their hand. Or can you still receive the Eucharist on the tongue? I heard that in some countries, you can no longer receive the Eucharist on the tongue.

A. 1. Any member of the Church may receive the Eucharist, either on the tongue or in his/her hands, depending on the choice of the individual. No one may be refused the right to receive the Eucharist one way or another for whatever reason.

Source: # 92 "Although each of the faithful always has the right to receive Holy Communion on the tongue, at his choice, [178] if any communicant should wish to receive the Sacrament in the hand, in areas where the Bishops’ Conference with the recognitio of the Apostolic See has given permission, the sacred host is to be administered to him or her. However, special care should be taken to ensure that the host is consumed by the communicant in the presence of the minister, so that no one goes away carrying the Eucharistic species in his hand. If there is a risk of profanation, then Holy Communion should not be given in the hand to the faithful. [179]" (CONGREGATION FOR DIVINE WORSHIP AND THE DISCIPLINE OF THE SACRAMENT INSTRUCTION; Redemptionis Sacramentum; On certain matters to be observed or to be avoided regarding the Most Holy Eucharist.)



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