God’s Commandments on Administering and Receiving Holy Communion

21/11/2019
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Charles Pritchard

Through Jesus’ chosen End of Times messenger, Fernanda de Sequeira, God the Father has given us clear commandments on how to receive and administer Holy Communion. These commandments reconfirm similar statements made by catechetical councils, holy pope saints, other saints and God’s messengers throughout the ages.

Where age-old traditions in the Church are under attack, therein lies the work of evil. St Paul taught in the Apostolic times:

“Therefore, brethren, stand fast; and hold the traditions which you have learned, whether by word, or by our epistle.” (2 Thessalonians 2:14)

Our Father God’s requests, through Fernanda de Sequeira and others, that we must hold onto our traditions. In summary, in relation to the Sacrament of Holy Communion in Jesus’ sacrifice of Holy Mass:

  • The Body of Christ [1] is to be received in the mouth, not on the hands, and only priests should take his Body to Blessed Sacrament tabernacles. Ministers of the Eucharist are not God’s will.
  • The Body of Christ is to be handled only by priests. On special occasions, if a priest is unavailable, such as visiting the sick, this request may be waivered. In this instance, ministers of the Eucharist should be in a state of grace.
  • If the Body of Christ falls on the floor in Holy Mass, it must immediately be consumed, and the corporal must be placed over the place where the Holy Eucharist fell – not to be trodden on. Thereafter, the floor must be cleaned with care with holy water as per the traditional way, ensuring that the Holy Eucharist is not scattered on the floor.
  • The Body of Christ is to be received on the knees, and if this is not possible: genuflecting, making the Sign of the Cross, receiving, bowing and then making the Sign of the Cross again.
  • The Body of Christ must be received in a state of worthiness by making regular use of the Sacrament of Confession [2]. Also, people attending Holy Mass must be dressed modestly with knees, breasts and shoulders covered, not in shorts or sleeveless shirts.
  • The Body of Christ must be elevated with tenderness and care by priests at the moment of Elevation.
  • The doors for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament must be kept open: many graces will be conceded and all those who come to Adoration, will be protected.

These instructions from the highest of heaven are clearly outlined in the following messages [3]:

In addition to the above requests from the Holy Trinity:

  • Mother Mary and Jesus have confirmed the same through other visionaries, such as: Our Lady of Roses through Veronica Leuken in 1984, Our Lady of Akita through stigmatist Sister Agnes Katsuko Sasagawa in 1973, and Jesus and Mary through Rosa Lopez from 1995 to 2000. Jesus also told St Bridget of Sweden in 1373 that priests had the privilege to touch his most holy Flesh with their hands (not others).
  • Miracles confirm the same: St Catherine of Sienna (1347−1380), St Bonaventure (1221−1274),
    St Mary Magdalen de Pazzi (1566−1607) and St Therese Neumann (1898−1962) were given Holy Communion from Jesus himself into their mouths. Other saints have similarly received Communion from angels, for example, when the Angel of Portugal appeared to the three Fatima visionaries Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco in 1916, they knelt to receive: then the angel provided Communion to one and the contents of the chalice to the other two. The children did not hold the host or the chalice. Consecrated hosts have flown miraculously from priests’ hands (in some cases, the tabernacle) directly into the mouths (not hands) of various faithful servants of God, such as: Stigmatist St Maria Crecentia Höss (1682−1744), Stigmatist Sister Marie Columba Schonath (1730−1787), Stigmatist Marthe Robin (1902−1981) and Conchita González (b. 1949). There have even been Eucharistic miracles where animals have knelt down before consecrated hosts.
  • The souls in purgatory have confirmed the same through Mystic Maria Simma (1915–2004), who devoted her life to the poor and received regular visits from the souls in purgatory.
  • Not a single pope has given Communion on the hands and pope saints confirm the same: Pope St Sixtus I (ad 42–125) wrote, “It is prohibited for the faithful to even touch the sacred vessels or receive in the hand. The sacred vessels are not to be handled by others than those consecrated to the Lord.” Pope St Eutychian (275−283) forbade the faithful from Communion on their hands. St Basil the Great (330–379), one of the four great Eastern Fathers, considered Communion on the hand so irregular that he did not hesitate to consider it a grave fault. Pope St Leo the Great (440−461) energetically defended and required faithful obedience to the practice of administering Holy Communion on the tongue of the faithful. Saint Pope Pius X (1903−1914) stated that at the moment of receiving Holy Communion, one must kneel. Pope St Paul VI (1963−1978) recognised that Communion on the tongue was more conducive to faith, reverence and humility and must be retained. Pope St John Paul II (1920–2005) had a sign posted at St Peter’s Basilica specifying that all priests who celebrated Mass in St Peter’s were, no matter where they came from, to give Communion on the tongue. He also stated [4], “I did not revoke what any of my predecessors said about this... here, my dear priests and dear brothers and sisters, only Communion on the tongue and kneeling is allowed. I say this to you as your Bishop.” Pope St John Paul II also wrote [5], “To touch the sacred species and to distribute them with their own hands is a privilege of the ordained, one which indicates an active participation in the ministry of the Eucharist.” Furthermore [6], “It is not permitted that the faithful should themselves pick up the consecrated bread and the sacred chalice, still less that they should hand them from one to another.” Pope St John Paul II stated [7], “There is an apostolic letter on the existence of a special valid permission for this [Communion on the hand]. But I tell you that I am not in favour of this practice, nor do I recommend it.”
  • Other saints confirmed the same: St Augustine (354−430) writes [8], “But no-one eats this flesh, before he has not adored it... we sin if we do not adore it.” St Thomas Aquinas (1225−1274) in his Summa Theologica wrote, “The dispensing of Christ’s Body belongs to the priest for three reasons. First, because, as was said above, he consecrates in the person of Christ. But as Christ consecrated His Body at the Supper, so also He gave it to others to be partaken of by them. Accordingly, as the consecration of Christ’s Body belongs to the priest, so likewise does the dispensing belong to him. Secondly, because the priest is the appointed intermediary between God and the people, hence as it belongs to him to offer the people’s gifts to God, so it belongs to him to deliver the consecrated gifts to the people. Thirdly, because out of reverence towards this Sacrament, nothing touches it but what is consecrated, hence the corporal and the chalice are consecrated, and likewise the priest’s hands, for touching this sacrament. Hence it is not lawful for anyone else to touch it, except from necessity, for instance, if it were to fall upon the ground, or else in some other case of urgency.” St Teresa of Calcutta (1910–1997) also stated [9], “Wherever I go in the whole world, the thing that makes me the saddest is watching people receive Communion on the hands”.
  • The Catechism of the Catholic Church confirms the same: The Council held at Saragossa in
    ad 380 decreed excommunication to anyone who dared to continue the practice of Communion on the hand. The local council at Rouen in France in 650 also stated, “Do not put the Eucharist in the hands of any layman or laywomen but only in their mouths.” In 692, the Council of Constantinople, which was known as the Council in Trullo (not one of the ecumenical councils held there) prohibited the faithful from giving Communion to themselves. It decreed an excommunication of one week’s duration for those who did so in the presence of a bishop, priest or deacon. The Council of Trent (1545–1563) also stated that priests alone have been given power to consecrate and administer the Holy Eucharist and that no one else is to touch it. The Catholic Catechism today makes no mention of hands or mouth, meaning that the Council of Trent applies.
  • The law of the Church, as confirmed by Pope Paul VI, also states that Communion railings must remain in Churches for those who wish to receive Communion kneeling. Despite this fact, many churches today are in violation of this law. If kneelers were reintroduced, priests would be able to give Communion to more people, with reverence, in a shorter space of time.

Unfortunately, today, many are believing fables [10] that are being ignorantly taught to First Holy Communicants and published on some so-called Catholic websites. These fables that have been invented by evildoers to bring confusion within the Church, and to which many have fallen prey:

“For there shall be a time, when they will not endure sound doctrine; but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears: And will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables. But be thou vigilant, labour in all things, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill thy ministry. Be sober.” (2 Timothy 4:3–5)

We must pray for these changes in our Church, which in time to come our heavenly Father says will take place [11], but in the interim, we should make every effort to be obedient to God’s commandments.

 

[1] Referring to Holy Communion, the Eucharist, our daily bread, as we ask for in the Our Father: “Give us this day our supersubstantial bread” (Matthew 6:11). Jesus Christ confirms the same to Fernanda: “My child, I am your daily bread as you receive me in Holy Communion” (11/02/2016).

[2] As a minimum, monthly, but ideally, weekly

[3] Additional messages on this subject can be searched for on www.alpha-omega.org.za.

[4] Sermon, March 1, 1989, Ss Nome Di Maria Church, Rome

[5] Letter of the Supreme Pontiff, Pope John Paul II, to All the Bishops of the Church on the Mystery and Worship of the Holy Eucharist. Dominicae Cenae, February 24, 1980, end of paragraph 11.

[6] Papal Encyclical: Inaestimabile Donum, April 17, 1980, on the Mass, no. 9

[7] Responding to a reporter from Stimme des Glaubens magazine, during his visit to Fulda, Germany in November 1980, 101 Times, Vol.4, No.2, 1992

[8] Enarrationes in Psalmos 98:9

[9] As reported by Fr George Rutler in his 1989 Good Friday sermon at St Agnes Church, New York. When Mother Teresa of Calcutta was asked by Fr Rutler, “What do you think is the worst problem in the world today?” without pausing a second, she gave the above reply.

[10] Such as fabricated quotes attributed to St Cyril to create propaganda tracts, as highlighted in the research of Dr Taylor Marshall and Michael Davies. Also, the debate about whether Jesus gave his Precious Body to his Apostles on the hands or the mouth has no relevance as they were Jesus’ first bishops and priests and therefore had the privilege to handle the Holy Eucharist.