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Why Do Catholics Receive Only The Host During Communion?

Why Do Catholics Receive Only The Host During Communion?

When Christians of Protestant denominations attend a Catholic Mass, they are often surprised that Catholics only receive the consecrated Host (the Body of Christ represented by the edible wafer or bread), even when the consecrated wine (the Blood of Christ) is consumed during the Holy Communion portion of the mass. In Protestant Christian churches, it is standard practice for the congregation to receive both wafer and wine as symbols of the holy blood and body of Christ.

An extreme example occurred during Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the United States in 2008 when as many as 100,000 Catholics received Holy Communion during the televised masses at Washington Nationals Stadium and Yankee Stadium. Those who watched those masses saw all the entire congregation receiving only the consecrated Host. Indeed, while wine was consecrated at those masses (as it is at every mass), only Pope Benedict, those priests and bishops who concelebrated the masses, and a small number of priests who were acting as deacons received the consecrated wine.


While this state of affairs may surprise Protestants, it reflects the Catholic Church’s understanding of the Eucharist. The Church teaches that the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ at the consecrations and that Christ is present “body and blood, soul and divinity” in both items.

As the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Para. 1390) notes:

Since Christ is sacramentally present under each of the species, communion under the species of bread alone makes it possible to receive all the fruit of Eucharistic grace. For pastoral reasons this manner of receiving communion has been legitimately established as the most common form in the Latin rite.

The “pastoral reasons” referred to by the Catechism include easy distribution of Holy Communion, particularly to large congregations, and protecting the Precious Blood from being profaned. Hosts may be dropped, but they are easily recovered; the consecrated wine, however, is more easily spilt and cannot easily be recovered.


Still, the Catechism goes on to note in the same paragraph that:

“. . . the sign of communion is more complete when given under both kinds since in that form the sign of the Eucharistic meal appears more clearly.” This is the usual form of receiving communion in the Eastern rites.


In the Eastern rites of the Catholic Church (as well as in Eastern Orthodoxy), the Body of Christ in the form of consecrated cubes of a leavened loaf of bread is immersed in the Blood, and both are served to the faithful on a golden spoon. This minimises the danger of spilling the Precious Blood (which is largely absorbed into the Host). Since Vatican II, a similar practice has been revived in the West: intinction, in which the Host is dipped in the chalice before being given to the communicant.


While many Catholics worldwide, and probably most in the United States, receive only the Host at Holy Communion, in the United States many churches take advantage of a concession that allows the communicant receives the Host and then drink from the Chalice.

When the consecrated wine is offered, the choice of whether to receive it is left up to the individual communicant. Those who choose to receive only the Host, however, are not depriving themselves of anything. As the Catechism notes, they still receive Christ’s “body and blood, soul and divinity” when receiving only the Host.

Source: Thoughtco

​Mass Readings For Memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary July 26th 2017

​Mass Readings For Memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary July 26th 2017

Reading 1

EX 16:1-5, 9-15

The children of Israel set out from Elim, 

and came into the desert of Sin,

which is between Elim and Sinai,

on the fifteenth day of the second month

after their departure from the land of Egypt.

Here in the desert the whole assembly of the children of Israel

grumbled against Moses and Aaron.

The children of Israel said to them,

“Would that we had died at the LORD’s hand in the land of Egypt,

as we sat by our fleshpots and ate our fill of bread!

But you had to lead us into this desert

to make the whole community die of famine!”

Then the LORD said to Moses,

“I will now rain down bread from heaven for you.

Each day the people are to go out and gather their daily portion;

thus will I test them,

to see whether they follow my instructions or not.

On the sixth day, however, when they prepare what they bring in,

let it be twice as much as they gather on the other days.”

Then Moses said to Aaron, “Tell the whole congregation 

of the children of Israel:

Present yourselves before the LORD,

for he has heard your grumbling.”

When Aaron announced this to the whole assembly of the children of Israel,

they turned toward the desert, and lo,

the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud!

The LORD spoke to Moses and said,

“I have heard the grumbling of the children of Israel.

Tell them: In the evening twilight you shall eat flesh,

and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread,

so that you may know that I, the LORD, am your God.”

In the evening quail came up and covered the camp.

In the morning a dew lay all about the camp,

and when the dew evaporated, there on the surface of the desert

were fine flakes like hoarfrost on the ground.

On seeing it, the children of Israel asked one another, “What is this?”

for they did not know what it was.

But Moses told them,

“This is the bread which the LORD has given you to eat.”

Responsorial Psalm

PS 78:18-19, 23-24, 25-26, 27-28

R. (24b) The Lord gave them bread from heaven.

They tempted God in their hearts

by demanding the food they craved.

Yes, they spoke against God, saying,

“Can God spread a table in the desert?”

R. The Lord gave them bread from heaven.

Yet he commanded the skies above

and the doors of heaven he opened;

He rained manna upon them for food

and gave them heavenly bread. 

R. The Lord gave them bread from heaven.

Man ate the bread of angels,

food he sent them in abundance.

He stirred up the east wind in the heavens,

and by his power brought on the south wind.

R. The Lord gave them bread from heaven.

And he rained meat upon them like dust,

and, like the sand of the sea, winged fowl,

Which fell in the midst of their camp

round about their tents. 

R. The Lord gave them bread from heaven.


R. Alleluia, alleluia.

The seed is the word of God, Christ is the sower;

All who come to him will live for ever.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


MT 13:1-9

On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea.

Such large crowds gathered around him

that he got into a boat and sat down,

and the whole crowd stood along the shore.

And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying:

“A sower went out to sow.

And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path,

and birds came and ate it up.

Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil.

It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep,

and when the sun rose it was scorched,

and it withered for lack of roots.

Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it.

But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit,

a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.

Whoever has ears ought to hear.”

Facts Every Catholic Should Know About The Holy Mass & Eucharist: Read & Share

Facts Every Catholic Should Know About The Holy Mass & Eucharist: Read & Share

Every Catholic Should Know these facts about the Holy Mass and the Holy Eucharist. 

1. When the Eucharistic is being celebrated, the Sanctuary is filled with countless angels who adore the divine victim immolated on the altar. ~St. John Chrysostom               

2. The angels surround and help the priest when he is celebrating Mass. ~St. Augustine                           

3. If we really understood the Mass, we would die of joy. ~St. Jean Vianney        

4. The celebration of Holy Mass is as valuable as the death of Jesus on the cross. ~St. Thomas Aquinas                           

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Mass Readings For ​Memorial of Saint Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr: 23rd February

Mass Readings For ​Memorial of Saint Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr: 23rd February

Reading 1 Sir 5:1-8

Rely not on your wealth;

say not: “I have the power.”

Rely not on your strength

in following the desires of your heart.

Say not: “Who can prevail against me?”

or, “Who will subdue me for my deeds?”

for God will surely exact the punishment.

Say not: “I have sinned, yet what has befallen me?”

for the Most High bides his time.

Of forgiveness be not overconfident,

adding sin upon sin.

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