Communion on the Tongue May Never to Be Denied

Most of the bishops in the United States have issued mandates refusing to the faithful the option of receiving Holy Communion on the tongue.
 
Curiously, I have not read in any bishop’s mandate the source of the authority for his mandate. After researching the issue, I learned that they actually have no authority whatsoever to issue a mandate refusing the faithful the option of receiving Holy Communion on the tongue.
 
In fact, the bishops’ own conference, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, acknowledged the Church’s universally binding instruction that “each of the faithful always has the right to receive Holy Communion on the tongue, at his choice.”


 
Nevertheless, most of the United States bishops and priests do not follow The USCCB Guidelines on Sacraments and Pastoral Care Working Group on Infectious Disease Protocols for Sacraments & Pastoral Care.
 
So, I decided that I would write a letter to a priest friend of mine who refuses to administer Holy Communion on the tongue. Please read it below and perhaps you might be inspired to send a similar letter to your bishop, priest, family and friends.  
Dear Father,
 
I did some research on receiving Communion on the tongue which, upon the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the USCCB reaffirmed can never be denied.
 
Pursuant to the USCCB guidelines below, the option to receive Holy Communion on the tongue can never be denied. The guidelines also revealed that it is no unhealthier than receiving the Eucharist in the hand.
 
The USCCB  Guidelines on Sacraments and Pastoral Care Working Group on Infectious Disease Protocols for Sacraments & Pastoral Care April 28, 2020 Part III - Phased Restoration of Public Masses (guidelines) reference a universally binding instruction titled Redemptionis Sacramentum, no. 92, issued in 2004 by the Congregation of Divine Worship.

That instruction provided, “Each of the faithful always has the right to receive Holy Communion on the tongue, at his choice,” (no. 92.) The instruction was published by the Congregation of Divine Worship in 2004 and follows  St. John Paul II's 2003 encyclical, Ecclesia de Eucharistia, which called for instruction on the liturgical norms. That instruction was also reaffirmed by the Vatican during the swine flu epidemic on July 24, 2009.

Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland, Oregon issued a statement on March 2 confirming that Catholics always retain the right to receive Holy Communion on the tongue.

The guidelines also state, “We have carefully considered the question of Communion on the tongue vs. Communion in the hand. Given the Church's existing guidance on this point (see Redemptionis Sacramentum, no. 92), and recognizing the differing judgments and sensibilities that are involved, we believe that, with the precautions listed here, it is possible to distribute on the tongue without unreasonable risk.”
 
It seems very clear to me that neither bishops nor priests have any authority to deny the faithful the reception of Communion on the tongue.
 
In the Holy Name of Jesus,
 
Dan
Let us recall the words of St. Michael the Archangel who appeared to the Secretary, the mystic of the Jesus King of All Nations Devotion. He identified himself as “the Guardian of the Most Blessed Sacrament” and said that Christ, the God-man King “must be loved, adored, reverenced and worshiped properly in this, The Most Excellent Sacrament.” (Journal 177).

 The Guardian of the Most Blessed Sacrament

St. Michael promised “to obtain for those faithful Catholic souls who faithfully wear this medal honoring the Most High God, as ‘Jesus King of All Nations’ the reverse of which bears my image, the beautiful grace of an angelic escort to the table of the Lord Jesus Christ. I, myself, will accompany these souls who approach Our Lord in Holy Communion, with reverence, faith and LOVE. I will bear the souls upon my hands. I will watch over them with a most special vigilance. I will be their special protector in their journey towards eternity. Let the faithful approach Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament with love, devotion and reverence.” (Journal 175).



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St. Michael the Archangel is on the reverse side of the medal. St. Michael the Archangel told her, "I again promise my protection to all who give glory and honor to God in this devotion. Also it is to serve as a reminder that the Most High has appointed me a particular guardian of His Church and of the Most Blessed Sacrament.” (Journal 85).
 



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