Thursday, July 26, 2012

32. Christ In You, Either Way!

So I have been hearing a lot of talk lately about how people receive the Eucharist - either in the hand, or on the tongue. I personally have done it both ways. I was taught in 2nd grade when I made my First Communion to receive in the hand, right under left. I have done it that way until Easter of this year, when I celebrated Mass in Spain. The nuns there all received on the tongue, and so I did too. After researching it some more, I found out that there is some discord in this topic!

The case for receiving in hand:

  • Less likely to drop the Host
  • Common, more widely accepted
  • Some Extraordinary Ministers don't know how to place on the tongue

The case for receiving on the tongue:

  • More reverent to the true, Divine Presence of our Lord
  • Not worthy to hold Jesus in hand
  • Don't have to lick your hand or pick up crumbs
I saw an awesome video called "Jesus Is On The Floor" that sides with receiving the Eucharist on the tongue. This video is part of a huge online movement that I have seen that is rallying for Catholics to start receiving on the tongue. It's a really good video, a bit creepy at first, but I think you should watch it...

These are just a few of the arguments for each option. None is better than the other, it is just personal preference. Either way you receive, you're still welcoming Christ into your body, and He is dwelling within you!

How do you receive the Eucharist? I'm curious to know what the general consensus is and what the majority does and WHY. :)

Thank you for reading, I know this is a short one... Don't forget to comment and share!


God Bless!



  1. Hi Kylie! The day I received my First Holy Communion, I received it on the tongue. My mom had told me it would better because we received both the Body and Blood on that day. Thereafter I prefer taking it my hand for hygienic reasons.
    It's the same Lord(as you said)!

  2. I've always been an "on the tongue" person. There's something to be said for receiving Our Lord directly from the consecrated hands of the priest.

  3. This video was recommended to me, and I found this verrryyyy interesting!