› As you approach the minister, bow reverently as a sign of devotion to the Lord’s Presence in the Eucharist.
› You may receive the Host on either the hand or the tongue. Please make it clear to the minister which way you are receiving (e.g. if receiving on the tongue, keep your hands folded).
› In you receive on the hand, hold both hands up, one on top of the other, making a throne to receive your Lord and King. After the minister says, “The Body of Christ,” please respond clearly, “Amen.” Allow the minister to place the Host in your hand. Please don’t take it from the minister, receive using only one hand, or do anything else that might cause the Host to fall. Then, use your other hand to place the Host in your mouth. The Eucharist is a gift – receive it with devotion.
› If you are carrying anything in your hands or your sleeve is partially covering your palms, please receive on the tongue for the sake of reverence. In addition, if you are holding a small child, it is much safer to receive on the tongue.
› If you receive on the tongue, say “Amen” first, then extend your tongue out of your mouth. Please do not move until the minister has placed the Host securely on your tongue.
› Please allow the server to place the paten under your hands or your chin as you receive to ensure that no fragments fall to the ground.
› If you receive form the chalice, again bow reverently as you approach the minister, clearly say “Amen,” and take the chalice with both hands, being careful not to spill any of the Precious Blood.
› Christ is fully present – Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity – under both species, in the smallest fragment of a Host, and in the smallest drop of Precious Blood. That is why we take such great care, and also why it is acceptable to receive under only one species.
› If you are not Catholic or if you are unable to receive Communion for any reason, you are still welcome to come forward in the procession. Simply cross your arms over your chest to receive a blessing from the minister.
› The Communion hymn allows us to join our voices as a sign of our unity in Christ that we experience through Holy Communion. There will be a time for silent prayer after the hymn concludes.
› Please remain kneeling until the Blessed Sacrament has been returned to the tabernacle.
May our devotion to the Eucharist bear much fruit as this great sacrament strengthens us to bring Christ’s Presence to a world in desperate need of Him.