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Anonymous wrote:

Hi, guys—

  • What is intinction?

I feel like a really ignorant Catholic; I don't remember ever hearing the term.

In Him,

Anonymous

  { Because I don't remember hearing the word, can you please tell me what intinction is? }

Mike replied:

Dear Anonymous —

No problem. Many of us, myself included, are ignorant in certain parts of the Catholic faith.
This is why the concept of Catholic support groups that are faithful to the Church are so important, especially among the youth.

Catholic Dictionary

Intinction (ihn-TIHNK-shuhn): A way of distributing the Holy Eucharist under both species. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal requires that the one distributing Holy Communion dip a particle of Eucharistic Bread (or a small Host) “into the chalice, and showing it, says: The Body and Blood of Christ. The communicants respond: Amen, receive Communion. . . and return to their place” (n. 247b). The 1970 Instruction Sacramentali Communione gives preference to drinking from the chalice if Holy Communion is received under both forms. However, intinction remains a perennially valid way of distributing and receiving Holy Communion because “[it] is more likely to obviate the practical difficulties and to ensure the reverence due the sacrament more effectively.” The same document goes on to say that intinction makes it “easier and safer” for all the faithful to receive Holy Communion. Intinction also “preserves the truth present in a more complete sign” (in contradistinction to the Eucharistic Bread only).

Reverend Peter M.J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.L. Our Sunday Visitor's Catholic Dictionary.
Copyright © 1994, Our Sunday Visitor.

Hope this helps,

Mike

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