Is not the cup of blessing which we bless a sharing in the Blood of Christ? (1 Corinthians 10:16)
Beginning next weekend we will begin offering communion of the cup, i.e., the Blood of Christ, on the First Sunday of the Month. While it is sufficient to receive only the Body of Christ, it is a fuller sign of communion to receive both species, since this is what Jesus told us to do: “Take and eat, this is my Body…Take and drink, this is my Blood.” (Matthew 26) We would offer it even more frequently if we can get enough ministers to serve.
When approaching the minister to receive from the cup, one should make a simple bow of the head, as we do before receiving the Body of Christ. In the dioceses of the United States, intinction (i.e, dipping the host in the consecrated wine) is not allowed. Please do not attempt to do so.
Please note: When referring to the Eucharist given under the form of wine, the proper terms to use (once the wine is consecrated) are: “The consecrated wine” or “the Blood of Christ”, (rather than just saying, “the wine”).