Abolish Communion in the hand in the Maronite Church

Abolish Communion in the hand in the Maronite Church

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You might have heard today that communion in the hand will be temporarily allowed in the Maronite Church in Lebanon, due to the corona outbreak, in order to minimize its spread between the faithful during Holy Communion.

For those who don't know, during the consecration which takes place at Holy Mass, our Lord becomes present, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Sacred Species, both Bread and Wine, and thus why we are always required to show utmost reverence to the Sacred Species present. It has always been the norm that Communion must be taken directly to the tongue and not to the hand or a plate. It is actually an Apostolic Tradition As you will read below.


There are actually hundreds of sources which imply that communion is to be taken on the tongue, but for the sake of this post I will only post these five.

1) St Basil The Great Doctor of the Church, considered Communion in the hand so irregular that he did not hesitate to consider it a grave fault.

2) The Council of Zaragoza in 380 in Spain, Excommunicated Any who dared to continue receiving Holy Communion by the Hand,

3) The Synod of Rouen in 650 Condemned communion in the hand to halt all kinds of abuses and sacrileges

4) The 6th Ecumenical Council of Constantinople, forbade the faithful to take the Sacred Host in their hand again threatening the transgressors with excommunication.

5) The Council of Trent : The Fact that only the priest gives Holy communion with his SACRED HANDS is an Apostolic Tradition.

So as you can see it has been long an obligation for the faithful to receive communion on the tongue and not in the hand.

With regards to people saying that St Cyril stated that communion in the hand is permissible. St Cyril also states in his Catechetical Lecture 23: verse 22
“And while the moisture is still upon your lips, touch it with your hands, and hallow your eyes and brow and the other organs of sense. Then wait for the prayer, and give thanks unto God, who has accounted you worthy of so great mysteries.”
The practice of dripping the Blood of Christ on the eyes, ears and nose, is not applied today, and the communion that was to be taken on a piece of cloth is also not the case for today. So please we cannot use a single quote, twist its words and say that it applies to the coronavirus.

There are many negative consequences to taking communion in the hand.

1) The council of Trent affirms in CANON III - If any one denies, that, in the venerable sacrament of the Eucharist, the whole Christ is contained under each species, and under every part of each species, when separated; let him be anathema.

And so now you know that every single particle contains the fullness of the Body Blood Soul and Divinity of our Lord, and thus whatever sticks to your hands will eventually fall on the ground and be trampled upon.

2) The sacred hosts are exposed to theft, and thus abominable sacrileges .

3) And here I speak objectively and not on the interior reverence and love of the faithful towards the Lord. With Communion in the hand, receiving the Holiest of Holies on the hand, we are minimizing our reverence to the minimum of minimums. It thus becomes a logical consequence of our faith, which explains why a big number of lay people are apostatizing from the faith, and the belief of the real presence in the most Holy Eucharist.

So please my dear friends, I have shown you a brief of what is truly happening. I would ask anyone to pray for the reparation of the sacrileges and specially the most Holy Rosary.

In addition I have created a Petition online to ask his Eminence Moran Mor Cardinal Bechara Boutros al Rahi and his Excellency, Most Reverend Paul Abdel Sater to revise the decision that was made in these troubled times. But to do so I need your help, and together we can get this message to the people that can help us
I know Corona Virus is not something very pleasant, and thousands of people already died and my prayers goes to them. But allowing communion in the hand will only worsen the situation and specially worsen the faith of the laity. We have nothing to fear when partaking in the most Holy Communion, the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ. The Healer of both, the Soul and the Body as we hear in ever single Holy Mass. (لشفاء النفس والجسد)

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