First, 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, there are
very 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)
For more information,
Novelties such as 'lay ministers' daring to distribute the Precious Blood of
Christ are specific to the
Novus Ordo (New Order) Mass of the 1960's. To avoid such novelties, consider
Traditional Latin Mass. Thankfully, the
Traditional Latin Mass
is still lawfully said throughout the world. This
ancient & incomparable, highly reverent Mass contains numerous
& significant differences from the 1960's
Novus Ordo Mass (try
here for more information). To locate a Traditional Latin Mass in your area,
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says that the holy Catholic Church has not been influenced by just causes and
reasons to give communion under the form of bread only to layman and even to
clerics when not consecrating, or that she has erred in this: let him be
anathema." (Council of Trent)
"To safeguard in
every possible way the dignity of so august a Sacrament, not only is the power
of its administration entrusted exclusively to priests, but the Church has also
prohibited by law any but consecrated persons, unless some case of great
necessity intervene, to dare handle or touch the sacred vessels, the linen, or
other instruments necessary to its completion. Priests themselves and the rest
of the faithful may hence understand how great should be the piety and holiness
of those who approach to consecrate, administer or receive the Eucharist."
(Catechism of the Council of Trent)
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