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I bow as I approach the priest, look at him when he speaks, and receive on my tongue. So i watch the whole time, but i close my eyes and give a nod before walking away.




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Yes- I think permission is a good word for it. I'm still new to the faith though so hopefully a long time Catholic will speak up if I'm wrong.

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Sounds like a permission type thing..........?

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I do hospital duty and wrap it in cloth the one for the hospital is too big for ones neck

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I believe a Dispensation is when a priest/the church determines that someone doesn't have to attend Mass or other Sacraments for whatever reason. Both of my parents have "Dispensations" because they are house bound- this allows them to not be required to go to Mass and to be able to receive communion at home.

As for the Pyx and Burse- it is my understanding that yes, I have to wear it around my neck or that either way the Pyx must be kept close to the heart. I've seen men put it in the breast pocket of a suit jacket but all the women I've seen use a burse to put the pyx in. I've heard of people putting it in their purses (someone at my current parish suggested that I do that)however when I was talking to the shop owner where I purchased the pyx and burse (she was Pre Vatican II) she gave me a little "tutorial". Perhaps it's something that they Diocese dictates.

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I find the information shared by you all on how things are done at your church very interesting too.
Do you HAVE to wear it around your neck? What is the significance of doing it that way?

I have another question........
My great Aunt's marriage record (church record) says on the bottom
" Annotation:- Dispensation Mgr. Sinnott".
What does that mean? This is from 1923.

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the bag around my neck that I carry the pyx in is called a burse. Not that anyone was wondering. :)

I actually wish that it was done a different way as it is a bit odd trying to get Communion and get it for my parents at the same time. I'm always worried I will fumble and drop something. And I feel like I'm holding up the line.

Pastoral Council starts back up in Sept- perhaps I will mention this!

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the same here tooo

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There seems to be different rules everywhere which really bothers me. They got put in a pyx and then a special bag around my neck, placed next to my heart (can't remember what the bag is called). I just moved here but that's how it was done at my old parish in a different state. When I did research online though there were lots of different ways. Maybe this is something determined by the Archdiocese for the area?

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a pyk is where the host goes into when taking communion to the sick

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What is a pyk?

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in our parish you can not put communion into a pyk it has to be on the altar and you are called up to take it out of the church with a blessing for the carrier and for the one who are sick

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I love this topic! This is discussed a lot in our home because it seems people do it a lot of different ways.

I've read that the EM should only be saying "The body/blood of Christ". At our church, which is a small parish, they usually say "Michelle, The body/blood of Christ". It is my understanding that this is not supposed to be done however I feel uneasy about advising such. And perhaps it doesn't matter.

When I first started giving my parents communion it was difficult for me to receive communion myself and also have the Hosts put into the pyx. I just couldn't figure it out.

I now, bow when I will be next to receive. I have my open pyx in my hand, say Amen looking them in the eyes, and then I receive the host directly in my mouth. Most EMs know me so they then put the two hosts in my pyx. I close it, step to the side, look at the Crucifix and do the sign of the cross. I then get in line for His Precious Blood, bow when I'm going to be next, say Amen and then drink. Step to the side and look at the Crucifix and do the sign of the cross again. I'm not sure if I'm doing this correctly. There seems to be a lot of different information out there and even more ways that I see people doing it. Almost NO ONE bows or genuflects or even nods it seems at our parish.

I was at a Charismatic Healing Mass at my old Parish and someone actually took the host back to their seat. It was a Mass where lots of faiths show up and I think they simply didn't know. The EM went back and asked if the person (young teen girl) was going to consume. She didn't seem to be Catholic and was very sweet about it and gave it back to the EM who then ate it.

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I have picked it up and ate it right away and give the person another one

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Thank you so much!

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forums.catholic.com/search.php?searc
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d=11574383


if this is not the right link, it was supposed to be for the forums at catholic.com and i entered
"host dropped on floor" in the search bar and i came up with several responses.
most of all it seems to happen more than we think!

i love that site. i get alot of answers there sometimes even to questions i didnt know i had!

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Any answer to "What if host falls/ is dropped- accidentally- on the floor?"

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I get a lot of thank you and not Amen try to get your father to take it before he seats

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i am sorry to hear about your father. i bet though that there are people who know and who are watching to make sure it is consumed and if the priest knows your father and his condition he is aware of exact protocol not being followed.
to answer your other question, in the sacristy there are two sinks. a normal one and the second one has a drain that goes directly into the ground. that is where anything that has been blessed is "disposed" of. the cloths that are used to wipe the communion cups are washed there because they may contain a trace of the Blood. and any trays that may contain the smallest crumb of Host are washed there. to dispose of a Holy water it just needs to be returned to the ground.

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Thank you all for sharing your experiences! I look the Priest in the eye too. I feel more sincere. I never thought about it before- I guess I was keeping my eyes down before. I've never had the experience of taking the host from an EM. How did THAT feel the first time?
Also, if a host does fall on the floor- or else where, how is that handled NOW? I remember seeing that happen only once- about 50 years ago- (back when an alter boy placed a small tray with a handle on it under each person's chin.)
And here is another question........ How is holy water "disposed of" in order to clean the container or stoup? The holy water container at my church is very dirty and I'm itching to clean it but want to make sure I do it right.

I hope no one runs after my Dad to correct his way of taking communion. He is 89 and has dementia. Most of the time he responds with "Thank you, Father". One time I noticed he put the host in his pocket then consumed it when he got back to his seat.


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how true

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At the Benedictine church I grew up in, the priests would start breaking the hosts into pieces when they realized there were more people that remaining hosts. I remember once as a child being given a piece that was smaller than my fingertip. Fortunately, they had prepared us for that before our first communion. I also knew by about 8 yrs that if the priest was scanning the communion line it meant that you weren't going to be getting a "whole circle."

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oh my that hasnt happen at mass yet at my church we have come close to it but thats it

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I agree Timothy they should have left it open for wine. Although some people won't take the wine at least they would have the option.



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1 Corinthians 11:27 says:
"Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord."

Using the same knowledge of the conjunctions "or" and "and" we can see:

Whoever eats the bread unworthily will have to answer for the the body AND the blood of the Lord or whoever drinks the cup unworthily will have to answer for the the body AND the blood of the Lord.

I was at a Mass once when they ran out of consecrated hosts, the Body of Christ ... oops. But the cups still contained the consecrated wine, the Blood of Christ. For some odd reason, the shut communion down. It may not be the norm to offer the Eucharist in only the form of the Blood of Christ, but it should be acceptable, based on 1Cor11:27.

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I know what you mean about getting everything perfect. I had problems with standing at the right time and the word responses. I try to participate in mass when I can. Sometimes the unexpected taste of wine can cause you to cough even for the experienced wine drinkers. Just sip slightly to avoid the problem. Try not be so self conscious. We all make mistakes. Really nobody is looking at you or noticing mistakes. Those that do, should realize you and me are only human.

I always feel it was important for me to take both the body and blood. "When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus". As a programmer the word "and" for me means to take both otherwise the statement is false. I know the church teaches different on this, and if no wine is offered I am happy to take the host alone. Also if I have a cold I would not take of the cup.



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Hi everyone,
I read the story about finding the host in the pew. "Forgive them for they know not what they do". If they knew they wouldn't do it me thinks.

I bow just when I am next in line while the person in front of me is receiving. I hold out my left hand flat cupping my right under my left. I look the person distributing the host in the eye waiting to hear "The Body of Christ". I then say Amen and use my right hand to place the host in my mouth. I then step to one side and bow again to the altar.

When I go back to my pew I kneel and ask for the Holy Spirit to work through me. Then I ask God to have the Holy Spirit work through other people such as family, the community and people I have conflicts with. I continue to pray what ever I have on my mind.





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I bow say Amen look at his eyes and bless my self after I put the host in my mouth

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I look at the host. The priest is irrelevant. The backs of my eyelids are irrelevant. My shoes are irrelevant. All that is important is the Jesus is present in that host body, blood, soul, and divinity. He came to earth to be one with us and we with him.

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I am also a huge klutz. I do a very slight bow before receiving the host because I am afraid of losing my balance. I do look into the eyes of the priest or EM when he/she says 'The Body of Christ' but look down right away to be sure the host is securely in my hand and then I consume it, stepping to the side to make the sign of the cross. I don't receive from the chalice but do bow slightly before it before returning to my seat.

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I usually approach the priest or EM while looking down the whole time both as a sign of supplication and since I'm a huge klutz. However, when I reach anyone with the host or wine I look up while they speak and my gaze shifts to the host/chalice as I'm receiving the gifts. Then I do a sign of the cross as I walk away.

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i went to a wedding once and i was bored so i went up to the dj and made my request. on the way down i caught the main power cord on my high heel and the stage went silent and dark.
i am always doing things like that. i am a new Catholic and when i go up to receive communion i am so worried about tripping or dropping that i think i forget to do all the steps. when i receive the Precious Blood i am so worried about back washing and once it must have been a new bottle of wine because the alcohol was very strong and got caught in my throat and i choked.
you should have seen how nervous i was when i lit the candles before Mass last week, yeah that's right they trusted me with open flame!

my point is, it doesn't matter if you do every thing perfectly to a T in the eyes of other people.

All that matters to me is that God knows that i am standing before him a humble servant with the utmost respect. i am so grateful to be able to receive communion. someday with practice i will be able to do it all the correct way (they will have changed it all by then anyway lol)

to answer the question i dont know what i do, i am "in another world". i am in a state of prayer and i just sort of follow the person in front of me.

p.s. making sure that the Host is consumed is a very big deal. the threat of it being removed for the purpose of occult is very real. ther is nothing wrong with chasing after someone who pockets it.

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When I walk up to receive Communion, I bow as I'm approaching the Priest; I don't trust my knees to genuflect. I then walk up to our Priest and he says, "Body of Christ", and I look at him and say, "Amen". I then close my eyes and put out my tongue to receive. I have went back to the original way we use to receive. Their are a number of people who prefer to do it this way and then others who prefer to put out their hand. After I have received, I walk a couple of steps and bow my head toward the altar and make the sign of the cross. I then proceed to drink of the Precious Blood of Christ. I look at the Extraordinary Minister and she says, "Blood of Christ", and I look at her, and before I take the Chalice from her I say "Amen". I then drink from it and I make the sign of the cross. I don't think that it's necessary to make the sign of the cross, but I do, and when I'm Extraordinary Minister, I do so when our Priest has given the Cup or Chalice for me to drink from. We are not allowed to say Eucharistic Ministers anymore. It's been nearly a year since we were told that. I make up the Ministry Schedules in our Church and I remember when our new Priest let us know that it was not called Eucharistic Minister anymore. It would be nice when changes are made if the Catholic Church as a whole that we were all on the same page. I still see differences as we visit other Catholic Churches, or when people from another community come to the Mass at our Church. We are not all on the same page.
IAJOEB, when you mentioned how a fellow Minister ran after the person who did not consume the Host by the altar, it made me think of an incident in our Church that happened within the last two years. I always straighten up the pews in our St. Joseph Mission before going home on Sunday morning. We are a small Mission Church, and we have a small group to clean the Church. As I was straightening out each pew where we keep the Missalettes and the Music Books, in one of the pews underneath the books I found a Host. I was horrified. I did consume it. I tried to figure out who did that. There was a person who was sitting in that pew who wasn't one of our parishioners; it must have been him. I called a woman whom I consider quite holy and told her what took place. She told me there are people who will do such things, who will take the Body of Christ outside and stomp on it. There are horrible stories of what some have done who evidently hate our Lord and worshipthe evil. I know it may sound like I got offtrack. It's something that is of utmost importance. We were in agreement that to tell the Priest who was Pastor of her's and my Parish at the time as not to tell him. I did talk to a few people who are holy & reverent people. If it would have ever happened again, I would have told him. I'm actually wondering if this person went up thinking he may receive a blessing from the Priest, and when Father extended the Host he didn't quite know what to do. If you consider yourself in a state of sin, you wouldn't receive; that could've been the case. I'd seen that person at our Mission othertimes and he hasn't went up to receive.
Since this is all on the topic of communion, your comments are welcome. I was told I did the right thing by consuming the Host. I knew in my heart it was a necessity.
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7/4/12 10:05 A

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I agree with what everyone else has said. The person receiving communion should bow or make some sign of adoration just before receiving, in acknowledgement of the living presence of our Lord. I always look at the priest/Eucharistic minister in the eyes as he/she says Body of Christ, and when I am the Eucharistic minister, I look at the communicant in the eyes as I say the words. (I am sure that Jesus looked at each apostle in the eyes, and they at Him, when He gave them His Body to ea, and whenever we give or receive a gift, we look at the other person.)

After saying Amen, the communicant should immediately consume the host before returning to his/her seat. Personally, after saying Amen, I take a step or two to the side to permit the next person to receive, and I place the host in my mouth before turning around to return to my seat. We should also carefully check our hands to be sure that no particle of the host is left on them.

I just found this and I share:

"Allow the person to come to you, look at them with warmth, take your time. Reverently elevate the host to chest height and show the Eucharist. Say, “Body of Christ” and then give the communicate time to respond with ”Amen”. Then place the host gently but firmly in their palm.

"When receiving the Body of Christ in the hand, communicates are not to reach out and take it from the ministers with their fingers (GIRM #160); they are to receive it in the palm. Then the person receiving should consume, or small side step and consume and not eat on the run."

Here is the link if you would like to read more:

www.icc-truro.org/content/249252

Hope this helps! emoticon Marge

Edited by: SMARGED at: 7/4/2012 (10:06)
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I agree but I also think if reverently done, Crimscout is discribing the prefered method.
I also watch that the person consume the host immediatly.
A fellow minister ran after and suggested a man consume prior to return to the pew.

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I look directly into the eyes of whomever is distributing Communion and say "Amen", then look down to make sure I have a good hold on the Host before I consume it! I turn toward the altar, make the sign of the cross, and go back to my seat!

There are some seemingly very religious people at my church, women who wear long veils or chapel caps, and some men who pause, genuflect, make the sign of hte cross over and over, etc. But those are extremes. Most people seem to look up, say Amen and go on their way! Some people are chewing gum....drives me nuts!

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As a eucharistic minister, I always looked the communicants in the eye when presenting the host. When I receive, I look at the priest or the minister face to face and respond with "Amen", after a slight bow before I receive.

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I usually look him in the eye while he says it and then look down for a couple seconds when I recieve it. I'm a fairly new Catholic though, so I've got no clue if that's the "right" way or not. (or even if there is a "right" way!) I guess I hadn't thought about that before.

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When you go to receive the host, do you look the Priest in the eye when he says, "The Body of Christ"? Or do you keep your eyes down? Do you close your eyes? What do YOU do?

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