Father Lankeit points out 7 abuses that he sees "all too frequently":
- Blessing oneself with the host before consuming it. (The act of blessing with the Eucharist is called “Benediction”and is reserved to clergy).
- Receiving the host in the palm of the hand,contorting that same hand until the host is controlled by the fingers,then consuming it (resembling a one-handed “watch-the-coin-disappear”magic trick).
- Popping the host into the mouth like a piece of popcorn.
- Attempting to receive with other items in the hands, like a dirty Kleenex or a Rosary.
- Receiving the host with dirty hands.
- Receiving the host,closing the hand around it,then letting the hand fall to the side (as if carrying a suitcase) while walking away and/or blessing oneself with the other hand.
- Walking away without consuming the host.
- Giving the host to someone else after receiving (including animals)…yes,it happens!
When Holy Communion is received on the tongue…every single one of these abuses is instantly eliminated!It is worth reminding ourselves that Communion on the hand is possible thanks to the permission of the diocesan Bishop. It is therefore not a right. Father Lankeit has, quite rightly in my opinion, been encouraging his parishioners to return to the traditional practice of receiving on the tongue.