All around the globe Christians continue to meditate on the Eucharist in light of the sixth chapter of John’s Gospel. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the time when those who believe gather together in worship and praise of God. We join in prayer, song and in movement, kneeling, standing, sitting, processing, and so on. This prayer together orbits that cosmos changing moment when the simple bread and wine are transubstantiated into the very Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit and the will of the Father. Heaven invades earth. The ordinary becomes the location of our encounter with the extraordinary when we approach with faith. These are the deep truths of the Eucharist. Here are some practical suggestions to facilitate your reverent consumption of Holy Communion during Mass. Your mindful attitude when receiving also helps those who distribute the Eucharist.
When receiving the Host by mouth, please make sure to open your mouth wide enough for the person to place the Consecrated host on your tongue. Also, if receiving by mouth, please make sure to extend your tongue enough to help the Eucharist minister offer the Host without worrying about It falling onto the floor. If receiving in your hand, please make sure to extend both hands (as you are able) with the receiving hand on top and the hand you use to place the Host in your mouth on the bottom. Also, please make sure to have your hands fully open and, please consume the Host immediately after the Host has been placed in your palm.
It is such a moving moment to witness a Church approaching the altar to receive the Eucharist. Jesus Christ desires to nourish our lives with the immensity of His love. May this time of reflection on John 6 also be a time to be attentive to the way we receive the Precious Body of Christ. How awesome our God is! He longs to be held by you and consumed by you and me! Alleluia!
Peace & Joy,