Sunday, August 21, 2011

Traditional Quotes Against Communion in the Hand


Link to: Traditional Roman Catholic: Communion In The Hand Is Sacrilege


M. A. said...

In June of "89, Father Hardon told me that St. Thomas taught that the most reverent way to receive Communion was kneeling and on the tongue. I have not been able to find any such thing, although I have looked and inquired.

Is there a teaching of St. Thomas such as Father mentioned? Or was he mistaken?

Don Paco said...

Remember that Communion in the Tongue and Kneeling was the standard for all Latin rites. To my knowledge, he does not explicitly say that one should do this, but he implicitly speaks of Communion in the Tongue in the Summa:

“. . . out of reverence towards this Sacrament, nothing touches it, but what is consecrated; hence the corporal and the chalice are consecrated, and likewise the priest's hands, for touching this Sacrament. Hence, it is not lawful for anyone else to touch it except from necessity, for instance, if it were to fall upon the ground, or else in some other case of urgency” (Summa theologiae, III.82. 3).