Present day Communion in the Hand has no roots in the early Church. This was stressed by Auxiliary Bishop Athanasius Schneider (50) of Astana in Kazakhstan on the 19th on the radio station ‘Radio Maria Südtirol’ . Msgr Schneider is a Patristic expert.
Hand Communion was contrived “all new” from the Second Vatican Council — the Auxiliary Bishop firmly said. The antique Church had practiced a completely different form for the reception of Communion. In that period the hand in which Communion was received was purified before and after. Additionally, the faithful would take the Body of the Lord from their hand in a disposition of prayer with his tongue:
“If anything it was more of an oral reception of Communion than in the hand”.
After Communion, the communicant had to lick their hands with their tongues, so that even the smallest particle should not be lost. A Deacon supervised the purification. The Auxiliary Bishop continued: “This concern and care stands in direct opposition to indifference and carelessness with which so called Communion in the hand is dispensed.” Women never held Communion simply on the flat of the hand. They spread a white cloth, a manner of corporal over their hand. Then, they would receive Communion directly to their mouth from the linen cloth. “That is a tremendous contrast to the present form of Communion in the hand” — insisted Msgr Schneider. The ancient faithful never took Communion with their fingers: “the gesture of hand Communion was completely unknown in the Church.”
According to the Auxiliary Bishop, communion in the hand comes from the Dutch Calvinists of the 17th Century.
Calvinism denies the real presence of Christ in the Host….
This is the same bishop who recently blew the lid off of the abusive interpretations of Vatican II, even going so far as to call for a new Syllabus of Errors.
Never mind auxiliary. Make this man, Pope. With a name like Athanasius, how can we go wrong?
Check out this amazing interview. Bishop Schneider doesn’t pull any punches when he firmly rebukes the receiving of Communion on the hand and the excuses for it as “profoundly wrong” (8:30).