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What are the rules for dipping the consecrated host into the precious blood?

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I have heard that the Holy See does not allow us to dip the host into a chalice to receive the Eucharist in both forms. But when I watched part of World Youth Day, I saw many clergy, including bishops and cardinals, doing this. What are the rules of the Church on this practice?


The dipping of the host into the consecrated wine is called “intinction.” The current edition of the General Instruction of the Roman Missalstates: “The blood of the Lord may be received either by drinking from the chalice directly or by intinction” (245), so the practice is permitted. What is not permitted is for the lay faithful to self-communicate by dipping the host that they will consume into the precious blood. This can be done only by a minister of the Eucharist.



  1. Joan McMurray Reply

    I would think dozens of persons drinking out of one chalice cannot be healthy. Consequently I am denied that grace of receiving the precious blood. What should I do?

  2. Mary Lee Reply

    I have always drank from the cup and never experienced any health issues. The cup minister should be wiping and turning the cup as it is offered. Also if you have faith it is the blood of Christ you will not deny yourself and believe it will strengthen you and wash away your sins/ illness and bring you no harm.. God Bless!

  3. Mike Andrew Reply

    Unfortunately, it is up to the priest to decide. Either by dipping into the chalice, or or drinking it directly form the chalice

  4. John Reply

    The body and blood of Christ is fully present in both species. Therefore it is not “more Jesus” to receive in both. The reason the Church for such a long time only allowed the layity to receive under the species of the host was to combat the heracy that Christ was only fully present in both species and only partially in individual species.

    Also, only an ordinary minister of communion can intinct. Not even an extraordinary minster can.

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