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Posted By: Alex Nelson on September 10, 2003
 
Hello Pearl
Thanks for your response. i too am glad that the outbreak seems to have mostly disappeared, although there may be a new outbreak in Singapore.
When you say the reception of the Host on the tongue is traditional, how old is that tradition? I think that the Last Supper Tradition would not have been in that style. Placing food in the mouth is a parent's way of feeding infants. I think that the placing of the Host on the tongue came into fashion when the clergy felt that the hands of the laity were not sacred enough (anointed) to hold the Blessed Sacrament. The liturgical change to placing the Host in the recipient's hand is an affirmation of the dignity of the laity whose hands are sacred also.

I have enjoyed talking with you and hope that my replies are not disagreeable.
Peace
Alex Nelson
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