promusica wrote:One of the things I find interesting, and somewhat alarming, is that so many of our communion hymns speak of partaking of the body and blood of Christ, when on the ground here in Ireland the reality is that communion under both species is either rare or non-existant.
The norm in England is both species, ("The pastor or priest celebrant should see to the full and proper implementation of Communion under both kinds in accordance with the provisions made by the Conference of Bishops." - Celebrating the Mass) but we should not forget that in receiving under either species we are receiving both the body and blood.
We should not feel that we are somehow 'short changed' in receiving under one kind alone. I'm not sure that the absence of catechesis here hasn't led to a perception that the sum of the parts equals the whole. The reality is that each of the parts is
Neither should we feel that one species is superior to the other, however the universal practice of the host being distributed by the priest and the chalice by the deacon or extraordinary minister does imply a certain hierarchy.
This past Sunday we had one Mass in the parish only, in the open air. Because of this communion was under one kind. It was also first communion Sunday, and I'm not sure how I feel about reception under one species for first communicants when both species is the norm. But that's not the topic for this thread.