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Year of the Eucharist Reflection: January 11, 2022

All the good works in the world are not equal to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass because they are the works of men; but the Mass is the work of God. Martyrdom is nothing in comparison for it is but the sacrifice of man to God; but the Mass is the sacrifice of God for man. -   Saint John Vianney, Cure d'Ars

Eucharist Explained

In this section, we offer a trivia question, as an engaging way to learn a little more about the Eucharist. Test your knowledge - the answer is at the bottom of this page!

What is the appropriate or acceptable way to receive Communion?

A. In the hand

B. On the tongue

C. Both 

Deep Dive

We also encourage you to read the USCCB Daily Readings for today. You're invited to Mass this weekend - see our Mass times here.

Just for Kids!

In this section, we'll put a resource for families with kids in grades K-5 to teach their children about the Eucharist. This week, we encourage you to watch this video as a family:

Answer to Eucharist Explained

Question:  What is the appropriate or acceptable way to receive Communion? 

Answer:  c. Prior to Vatican II people received communion kneeling at the communion rail with opened  mouths and tongues extended for reception.  This changed because Vatican II sought to recover the ancient or earliest practice of the Church.  For reception of Communion this meant to receive in the hand while standing.  Our hands create a “throne” for reception.  We stand as a sign of the resurrection (we are justified and stand redeemed before God because of Christ’s sacrifice for us).  The sign of reverence is shown with a simple bow of the head before reception.  The church leaves it up to the person to receive on tongue or in the hand.  Both are acceptable forms for reception.