Ask Father Kevin – October 07, 2018

Question: One of our daily 8 am Mass communicants asked about the permissibility of dipping the Body of Christ into the Precious Blood in the chalice in reception of the Eucharist”


Father Kevin: “This method of receiving Communion is called intinction, which dates back to the 3rd century. Often, a priest with a possible cold will receive by intinction at the altar. There are two cautions: Because the host is being dipped into the Precious Blood of Jesus, communion may not be received in the hand. Also, persons coming up for Communion may not take the host from the priest, deacon or extraordinary minister and then dip it into the chalice, as this would then be self-communication, which is not permitted.”

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