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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Norm in bringing the Holy Eucharist to the sick.

Instruction: Redemptionis Sacramentum
On certain matters to be observed or to be avoided
regarding the Most Holy Eucharist
Chapter VI
The Reservation of the Most Holy Eucharist and Eucharistic Worship Outside Mass 

132. No one may carry the Most Holy Eucharist to his or her home, or to any other place contrary to the norm of law. It should also be borne in mind that removing or retaining the consecrated species for a sacrilegious purpose or casting them away are graviora delicta, the absolution of which is reserved to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.225

133. A Priest or Deacon, or an extraordinary minister who takes the Most Holy Eucharist when an ordained minister is absent or impeded in order to administer it as Communion for a sick person, should go insofar as possible directly from the place where the Sacrament is reserved to the sick person’s home, leaving aside any profane business so that any danger of profanation may be avoided and the greatest reverence for the Body of Christ may be ensured. Furthermore the Rite for the administration of Communion to the sick, as prescribed in the Roman Ritual, is always to be used. 226


Anonymous said...

I was happy to find your site today. An internet friend has told me she "picks up the Eucharist" on Sunday after Mass. She has been taking it to those who are ill. Her priest tells her it is ok to take the host home & put it on her "icon shelf" until she can get to the persons home to administer it. He has also told her that anyone else who is there may also receive even if they have not fasted. Of course the ill person does not have to fast. Then she told me her priest told her if there are any hosts "left over" she should consume them. Where do I find the official instructions for this? I was floored! I was told to go directly to the ill person, and that no one else should receive, especially if they have not been fasting! and that if there are any undistributed hosts I should return them to the tabernacle.
Hope you can help!
Joy in MO

Marino J. Dasmariñas said...

Hi Joy,

Thank you very much for your comments. I will answer your questions later.

God bless and take care,

Marino J. Dasmariñas said...

Hi Joy,

The right thing to do is to bring the Body of Christ direct to the sick person right after Mass. The Eucharist must be put inside a Pyx (a container/vessel in which the Eucharist is carried to the sick). The proper rite/readings should also be observed.

She maybe have her own personal valid reasons why she first bring the body of Christ into her house (time constraints, etc..) If Jesus is in their house she must ensure that it is placed in a secure and elevated place with a candle or a lamp on it. Proper reverence must be observed also.

Canon 919 §1. A person who is to receive the Most Holy Eucharist is to abstain for at least one hour before Holy Communion from any food and drink, except for only water and medicine.

Canon 919 § 3. The elderly, the infirm, and those who care for them can receive the Most Holy Eucharist even if they have eaten something within the preceding hour.

It is the responsibility of the Minister who brings Jesus to the sick to know how many will receive Jesus so that there will be no excess of the Body of Christ. Not anyone are allowed to receive Jesus in their house it should only be the sick and the other members of the household who doesn’t have the physical capability to received Jesus at Mass and the Priest should know about this.

After giving Communion to the sick the Minister must ensure that she has consumed all the little particles left inside the Pyx/vessel.

I’ve based some of my answers on the Cannon Law and the General Instructions of the Roman Missal. Some were based on my own personal opinion.

God bless you,

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your reply. It does help some, although I still need a bit more documentation.
The Canon numbers will help.
Thanks again

Marino J. Dasmariñas said...

You're welcome!