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"Is it acceptable for the laity to receive Holy Communion only under the species of bread?"

 

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Yes. First, note that receiving under both species is not required. As the Council of Trent states...

"If any one saith that the precept of God or by necessity of salvation all and each of the faithful of Christ ought to receive both species of the most holy sacrament of the Eucharist: let him be anathema." (Council of Trent)

Second, note what the Council of Constance says about those who think it is illicit for the laity to receive Holy Communion under the species of bread alone...

"...it must be believed most firmly and not at all doubted that the whole body of Christ and the blood are truly contained under the species of bread as well as under the species of wine. Therefore, to say that to observe this custom or law [that the laity receive Holy Communion under the species of bread alone] is a sacrilege or illicit must be considered erroneous, and those perniciously asserting the opposite of the above mentioned must be avoided as heretics and should be severely punished, either by the local diocesan officials or by the inquisitors of heretical depravity." (Council of Constance, 1415 A.D.)

Third, note that there good reasons to communicate only under the species of bread, as required under the old Canon Law (Church Law)...

"The most Holy Eucharist is to be given only under the form of bread." (1917 Code of Canon Law)

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Did you know? Those wishing to avoid post-Vatican II novelties may, thanks be to God, still lawfully attend the Traditional Latin Mass. The Traditional Latin ('Tridentine') Mass differs from the 1960's Novus Ordo Mass in many & significant ways (try here for more information). To locate a Traditional Latin Mass in your area, try here.


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