"Make your mouth into a landing pad…"

That’s just one of the tips Taylor Marshall is offering for receiving communion on the tongue — a practice that is hardly taught anymore, but that the pope seems to favor.

On any given Sunday, when I’m distributing the Body of Christ, I will give communion to about 50 or 60 people at each mass.  I will encounter a dozen, or less, who receive on the tongue.  I never see children do it.

So, for those who want to give it a try, what’s the best way to master the art of communion-on-the-tongue?

Check out the tips.

And, if you really want to be pro-active, do what kids used to do when I was growing up:  practice with a Necco wafer.


  1. And, if you really want to be pro-active, do what kids used to do when I was growing up: practice with a Necco wafer.

    Did it work? I’m reminded about what Fr. James Martin wrote at the bottom in his article on Our Lady of Lourdes:

    . . . In 1861 she is photographed for the first time, and urged by the photographer adopt the precise pose and expression that she had during the apparitions. “But she isn’t here,” Bernadette protests.

    Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion do practice with unconsecrated hosts, but it scarcely compares with the real presence, not to mention the awe & anxiety that accompany these sacred mysteries.

  2. Several kinds of approved breads used for Communion do not easily or quickly dissolve on the tongue. It might be good for us to remember that Jesus commanded us: “Take this all of you and eat it…”

  3. Fr. Stephen says:

    A similar list of tips for receiving the Host on the hand (“Make of your hands a throne”) is perhaps an even more urgent need right now. Indeed, I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that the cavalier attitude with which many receive (or literally take!) Communion on the hand is actually a major factor in the increase many are noting in the number of communicants receiving Communion on the tongue. People are reacting to a generation’s worth of decline in reverence for the Eucharistic and in belief in the Real Presence.

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