OK you priests and EMHC's out there...does it really have to be so hard to distribute communion on the tongue? Weren't you properly trained? Why do I have to have anxiety over receiving Jesus because you don't know how to place the host properly on one's tongue? I'm not doing it out of spite or some "it's a holier practice" belief (though I do really believe that the most humble way of receiving Jesus is on the tongue from a kneeling position at an altar rail). I simply have a disability...one that by just looking at me you'd never know...one that does not allow the physical possibility of turning my hands palm up and therefore being able to "make a throne of my hands for the King" in order to receive Him. Please, if you've never given the host to someone on the tongue, do not, I'll repeat, DO NOT act surprised or confused when someone presents in line for reception on the tongue. Do not be aghast at the possibility of having to get near someone's mouth. I am sensitive to it...have been all my life, especially in those dark days after Vatican II and everybody wrongly assumed we could no longer receive on the tongue. Imagine a young girl, so excited to be able to receive Jesus every Sunday to only find out that she would no longer be able to because she was deformed. Really. Jesus said, let the children come to me and I was essentially being told I was not worthy because I had messed up arms. Is it any wonder I had difficulties with mystery of the Eucharist when I was constantly being shooed away...almost even shunned.
Priests and EMHC's...if you've never had to give communion in a way other than in the hand...do not get used to it. There are more and more people wanting to receive in the manner that the Vicar of Peter himself prefers. You will need to learn a good technique for distribution on the tongue (and trust me, there are better ways than the ones laden with subtle disgust that you employ now). There are properly formed ministers who know how to do this and do it well.
I will now step down from my soap box.
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