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July 15th, 2007, 01:48 PM
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Do you take both the bread and wine at communion? The reason I ask is I see lots of ppl skip the wine, I admit I do too. I think the reason I do is because I never saw my Mom take it, so I just never took it, probably not a good tradition to start. So why do some take it and others don't?
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July 15th, 2007, 03:15 PM
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Here's the deal: The body, in the form of bread, is considered to be BOTH the body and the blood of Christ. The Blood alone cannot be both the body and the blood. THerefore, it is considered okay to take just the body, or both the body and the blood during the communion part of the mass. I did not take the blood when I was preggers. But I do now, most of the time. Sometimes, I get creeped out about germs, but then I figure God is handling the germ factor, so then I go back to the blood the next Sunday. I think it is purely a personal decision. Sometimes, I take the blood to help the body disolve in my mouth. Its just that simple.
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Actually, both species are complete in and of themselves when consecrated... I have family members who have severe wheat allergies and are therefore unable to receive the Host. They receive only from the Chalice, and their Communion is valid.

Traditionally Holy Communion was distributed to the laity only in the form of the Host. Only a small amount of wine would be consecrated, and this was consumed by the priest. If you go to Mass where there is still an altar rail, you will most likely be offered only the Host. I got used to receiving under only one species when we attended Mass at a monastery, so I usually do not receive from the Chalice unless it is in the hands of a priest or deacon. For the reason I mentioned in the other post, I prefer not to receive from the chalice with a lay EM.
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July 15th, 2007, 06:19 PM
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Actually, both species are complete in and of themselves when consecrated... I have family members who have severe wheat allergies and are therefore unable to receive the Host. They receive only from the Chalice, and their Communion is valid.[/b]
That is what I thought as well. I remember there was a case in the news some while ago about a mother whose child was severely allergic to wheat and so she was pressing to church to change the wafer from wheat to rice, and was declined because it's got to be wheat; she was also told the child can accept the blood because both forms are complete.

ETA: it's inetersting also because none of the churches here in Toronto we've been to offer the blood; only the priest, deacon, and sometimes the communion servers received both forms, but everyone else receives the bread/body only.
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July 15th, 2007, 06:49 PM
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I did not know this...thank you gals.
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July 15th, 2007, 07:06 PM
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Wow very interesting, thanks for explaining
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July 15th, 2007, 08:55 PM
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Our Church doesn't offer the Blood except on Holy Thursday. I never knew why, but our Church does have a communion rail so that makes sense.
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July 15th, 2007, 10:19 PM
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Ack so what's a communion rail??
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Here's a picture of a Communion rail in use. They aren't usually found in most churches these days. It allowed for the faithful to comfortably receive Holy Communion in a kneeling posture. I miss that.

Edit: Aack... that's an itty-bitty image... I'm sorry. Here's a LINK to the webpage with that image and a few others. Scroll down to find it.
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July 17th, 2007, 05:52 PM
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Thanks for the explanation! Our parish also does not offer the blood.
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Our parish has a communion rail, but doesn't use it in the pre-Vatican II way, by kneeling at the rail and receiving. We go up in line and stand to receive.
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