Administering and Receiving Holy Communion

Question from Confused Catholic on 10/18/2007:

Dear Dr. Geraghty,

If the consecrated Sacred Host is TRULY the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord, which MAKES MORE SENSE? #l. a. Only the consecrated hands of a validly ordained priest can touch It?

b. Anyone can touch It?


a. Standing to receive It? b. Kneeling to receive It?

These are strickly commonsense questions. Please answer in the simpliest way. Just answering a or b will suffice.

Thank you and God Bless You.

Answer by Richard Geraghty on 10/22/2007:

Dear Confused,

The Church is the only proper teacher about how Holy Communion is to be received. Since she allows extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist, she allows those who are not ordained to touch the host. She also allows those who are receiving communion to do so either standing or kneeling. Remember, the Church is our teacher in this matter. At one time she allowed only the priests to give out Holy Communion. In the past she also required everyone to kneel at the communion rail. But the Church has allowed other practices, which is her right.

Dr. Geraghty

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