Communion by Intinction

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Yes! You may receive communion in both species, the Precious Body and the Precious Blood, by intinction, or by dipping the Precious Body in the Precious Blood…

No! You may not self-communicate (take the Precious Body) yourself but must receive it from the priest, deacon, or the EMHC. Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES are you permitted to dip the Precious Body in the Precious Blood!!!! You’d like to think a priest would  know this.

Yet at a recent concelebrated nuptual Mass where a Roman Cathlolic and a Maronite priest were concelebrating in a Roman Catholic church, a large number of communicants were observed to take the host in the hand and to proceed to the cup and dip it in the Precious Blood and then to place the intinted host in the mouth.

This was done in the clear sight of TWO priests!

So let’s be very clear on the rules and instructions promulgated bythe USCCB and the Vatican on this subject: (Pay attention priests, deacons, EMHC!)

Self-Intinction is Forbidden!

GIRM #245 gives clear rubrics on the OPTION and the METHOD of distributing Holy Communion under both Species via Intinction. The Appendix to the GIRM for the USA, #240 EXPLICITLY states the following:
When Communion is distributed under both kinds by intinction, the host is not placed in the hands of the communicants, nor may the communicants receive the host and dip it into the chalice.” This is NOT a ‘gray’ matter. This is black-and-white. The Appendix to the GIRM for the USA is as binding on us in the United States as is the preceding General Instruction (GIRM). The rubric seems clear and succinct enough, wouldn’t you think?. I have difficulty finding the any ambiguities. The rubrics DO say that pastors should not introduce intinction as a means to circumvent Communion in the Hand, hence exclusive use of intinction in the Latin Rite would not be prudent but there is no discouraging or prohibition of it either. The clear alternative is the recommendation that, when the cup is available, that the communicant receive the consecrated host and proceed to receive the Precious Blood from the cup by drinking directly from the cup NOT by intincting the host!

According to the 2004 Instruction Redemptionis Sacramentum: “[104.] The communicant must not be permitted to intinct the host himself in the chalice, …”.

The document has at its conclusion:
“[186.] … This Instruction, prepared by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments by mandate of the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II in collaboration with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was approved by the same Pontiff on the Solemnity of St. Joseph, 19 March 2004, and he ordered it to be published and to be observed immediately by all concerned.”

For people to receive Communion by intinction the correct method is given in the 2002 General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM):
287. If Communion from the chalice is carried out by intinction, each communicant, holding a communion-plate under the chin, approaches the priest, who holds a vessel with the sacred particles, a minister standing at his side and holding the chalice. The priest takes a host, dips it partly into the chalice and, showing it, says, Corpus et Sanguis Christi (The Body and Blood of Christ). The communicant responds, Amen,  receives the Sacrament in the mouth from the priest, and then withdraws.”

In the 1975 GIRM it is at 246(b):
“The communicants approach, make the proper reverence, stand in front of the priest, and hold the communion plate below their chin. The celebrant dips a particle into the chalice and, showing it, says: The body and blood of Christ. The communicants respond: Amen, receive communion “[in the mouth] from the priest, and return to their place.”

Congregation for Divine Worship, Guidelines for Concelebration of the Eucharist, Issued by USCCB, November 12, 2003

Communion by Intinction
50. “If the concelebrants’ Communion is by intinction, the principal celebrant receives the Body and Blood of the Lord in the usual way, but making sure that enough of the Precious Blood remains in the chalice for the Communion of the concelebrants. Then the deacon, or one of the concelebrants, arranges the chalice as appropriate in the center of the altar or at the side on another corporal together with the paten containing particles of the host. The concelebrants approach the altar one after another, genuflect, and take a particle, dip it partly into the chalice, and, holding a purificator under their chin, consume the intincted particle. They then return to their places as at the beginning of Mass.”

Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments,
Prot. 1383/01/L
49. Holy Communion may be distributed by intinction in the following manner: “the communicant, while holding the paten under the chin, approaches the priest who holds the vessel with the hosts and at whose side stands the minister holding the chalice. The priest takes the host, intincts the particle into the chalice and, showing it, says: ‘The Body and Blood of Christ.’ The communicant responds, ‘Amen,’ and receives the Sacrament on the tongue from the priest. Afterwards, the communicant returns to his or her place.” (53)
50. The communicant, including the extraordinary minister, is never allowed to self-communicate, even by means of intinction.
Communion under either form, bread or wine, must always be given by an ordinary or extraordinary minister of Holy Communion.

We knew several of the communicants personally and, although they belong to a Maronite parish and regularly attend the Maronite liturgy, they are Roman Catholics and should be observing the Roman rules.
Moreover, many of the individuals observed are Roman Catholics in Roman Catholic parishes so there really is no excuse.
We can condone the ignorance of the faithful because of the failure of their pastors in their teaching responsibilities but it is outrageous that a Maronite priest and a Roman Catholic who should be clearly aware
of the instructions should have openly allowed this to have happened.
Moreover, we were apalled that a totally inexperienced member of the bride’s family was pullled from the pews and handed the cup; he had absolutely no clue what he was to have been doing! So much for priestly
reverence for the Sacrament!

What is even more disturbing is that the Maronite priest was recently authorized to celebrate the Roman rite in the Diocese of Albany, NY! What criteria are applied to non-Roman-rite priests when they are given permission to celebrate the Roman rite? Obviously the ignorant are also given that sacred permission!

This is yet another of a very LONG list of improprieties and acts of negligence on the part of the enthroned and the arrogance of inexperienced, destructive priests and the perpetration of error in the local churches.


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