March 17, 2019

Still Good Advice, 17 Centuries Later

St. Cyril of Jerusalem wrote, in the 4th century, about how to receive Communion in the hand: “When you approach, do not come with outspread hands and fingers, but make the left hand as it were the throne of the right, which is destined to receive the King, and receive the Body of Christ into the hollow of your hand and say, ‘Amen.’ After you have purified your eyes by cautiously applying them to the Sacred Body, be careful in consuming it, that no particle fall to the ground.”

Source: Kaczmarek, Louis, Hidden Treasure, The Riches of the Eucharist (Plattsburgh, N.Y., Trinity Communications, 1990) p. 91.


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