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COMMUNION AT THE TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS

1.  At the Tridentine Latin Mass, does the priest distribute Holy Communion under the form of wine?

At the Traditional Latin Mass Holy only the priest who celebrates the Mass consumes the Most Precious Blood. So at the Traditional Latin Mass the faithful receive the Sacred Host. But it is of the utmost importance to understand that when the faithful receive the Sacred Host they receive the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, truly and substantially present in every particle of the Holy Eucharist. Here is an article you may find interesting to read to learn about the history of this:

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/04175a.htm

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2.  Who should receive Holy Communion at the Traditional Latin Mass?

To worthily receive Holy Communion, Catholics who are well disposed (i.e. fasting for one hour, not in a state of mortal sin and desirous of receiving the Holy Eucharist), approach the communion rail to receive the Sacred Host on the tongue. The prayer that the priest says in distributing Holy Communion is different than in the Ordinary Form. The priest prays, “May the Body of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve your soul unto life everlasting. Amen.” As the priest says the “Amen” at the end of the prayer the communicant opens his or her mouth as the priest places the Sacred Host on his or her tongue.

Catholics who are not prepared to receive the Holy Eucharist as well as non-Catholics are encouraged to make a spiritual communion by uniting their hearts to our Lord by prayer.

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3.  Why is the Sacred Host received kneeling and on the tongue?

Although the practice of receiving in the hand was common in the first centuries many abuses crept in, and desecration of the Sacred Host became more frequent. Increasing reverence and respect for the Blessed Sacrament led to reception kneeling and on tongue.

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