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David Loring wrote:

Mr. Humphrey,

I am trying to find out what the accepted view of the Church is about Intinction during Communion.

Could you direct me to someone or some source of legitimate information?

Thank you,

David Loring

  { Can you give me a legitimate source on the Church's view toward Intinction during Communion? }

Mike replied:

Hi, David —

Thanks for the question.

Intinction is allowed if done by either a priest or trained Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist.

If the priest uses Intinction during Communion, the recipients may not receive Our Lord
on their hand under the appearance in the consecrated host; they must receive on their tongue.

From: On certain matters to be observed or to be avoided regarding the Most Holy Eucharist

[104.] The communicant must not be permitted to intinct the host himself in the chalice, nor to receive the intincted host in the hand. As for the host to be used for the intinction, it should be made of valid matter, also consecrated; it is altogether forbidden to use non-consecrated bread or other matter.

Different cultures and spiritualities within our Church have different spiritual needs. It is the ultimate obligation of the local bishop and pastor to see the appropriate practices are adopted while protecting the reverence and respect for the Blessed Sacrament.

Your brother in prayer, your brother in Christ,




The liturgical practice of dipping the consecrated Host into the consecrated wine in giving Holy Communion. Its use was already established by the time of Dionysius of Alexandria (d. 264 A.D.). In time it became a regular method both in the East and the West.

In the East, the intinction was (and is) done by means of the communion spoon (labis). An alternate form of intinction id described in the Ordines Romani
(sixth century) and since discontinued. The consecrated Host would be dipped
into unconsecrated wine. Intinction had long disappeared in the West, and
has been revived since the Second Vatican Council (1969).

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