Reception of the Eucharist by Deacon Dan
- Friday, 13 July 2018
The greatest gift God ever gave us is Himself in the Eucharist. It is through the Eucharist that we are not only united to God, but united to each other through our relationship with God. At every Mass, through the power of the Holy Spirit, in the consecrated hands of the priest, the bread and the wine offered by the community become the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ.
Both the Host and the Chalice, both ‘species’ of the Eucharist, contain the fullness of Christ. You receive the fullness of the Eucharist even by just receiving one of the species. People with gluten allergies can receive just from the chalice and they aren’t missing out on anything. Vatican II recommends receiving both species on special occasions like weddings, baptisms, anniversaries, first communion, etc.
Jesus is our friend and companion. But He is also the King of Kings, Lord of the Universe. Utmost respect should be given to the Eucharist, as it is indeed Jesus. Bowing before the Host and the Chalice is always appropriate. When receiving the host, one can receive on the hands (palms up in the shape of a cross) or on the tongue (mouth open, tongue extended). If receiving on the tongue, one can be standing or kneeling. It is important that we receive; we do not take. Let the Jesus be given to us; we don’t take Jesus. When receiving from the Chalice, we don’t gulp, we sip, letting the Blood of the Lamb coat the door frame that leads into our house, “under my roof,” just like the Jews at Passover.
Your Obedient Servant,
Rev. Mr. Dan Weger