Do You Need to Receive Both the Host and Precious Blood?


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Fr. Allen Alexander, MIC, explains that if you can’t receive both species, there is still infinite grace in either just the Host or just the Precious Blood. They are both fully the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Christ.

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35 Comments
  • Lachelle Cab
    Posted at 03:26h, 03 June

    Hi Father Alan, thank you for your beautiful explanation on true presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. Nice to see you here for the first time. God bless you and all Marian Fathers and Brothers.🌹🤍

  • Angelica Shi
    Posted at 17:58h, 03 June

    Forgive me but I am offended by the word “symbolic” . If bread and wine is only a symbol, how do you explain the real presence of Jesus in bread? Matthew 26:28 this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

  • Peter Cole
    Posted at 17:59h, 03 June

    Thanks Father. I must confess I take the Eucharist for granted. I am working on this. Tomorrow is Friday Friday and I can appreciate the role Eucharist plays in the First Friday and also First Saturday Devotions. Keep up the good work and thanks for your ministry

  • Peg Minarski
    Posted at 18:04h, 03 June

    Thank you Fr Alan

  • Who Knows
    Posted at 18:10h, 03 June

    I want both

  • Pie Peeya
    Posted at 18:31h, 03 June

    Viva Christo Rey!

  • Laura Taylor
    Posted at 18:31h, 03 June

    So enlightening & I am very grateful for this video Fr.

  • Gary DeBlasio
    Posted at 18:40h, 03 June

    I am happy that this was explained because I had the same question.

  • Clemantine Boston
    Posted at 18:43h, 03 June

    Our priest only consumes the precious blood and not the bread of life, is this a valid sacrifice?

  • Mirek V
    Posted at 18:48h, 03 June

    This is something that still bugs me a bit even after the explanation. I'd like to also literally "drink". I absolutely agree with Church teaching that I receive Christ completely by any of the forms. But both eating and drinking in my mind fulfills His command more perfectly. It's still AND, not OR, what we should do.
    I guess the Church knows it's enough this way, but I still miss the literal drinking part a little.

  • Paryse Thibodeau
    Posted at 18:58h, 03 June

    thank you Fr. Alan!! Great information i didn't realize about gluten or alcoholism!! My parish doesn't offer the wine so I'm happy to know i'm receiving both!! God bless!!

  • Leonard Vaz
    Posted at 19:17h, 03 June

    Thank you Father Allen for that explanation.

  • Colleen Schierloh
    Posted at 19:32h, 03 June

    When I want to receive the Holy Eucharist the few times I am physically able to go to Mass these days since I suffer from horrid muscle spasms for over 20 years now, I always doubt myself worthy. I'm never sure if my soul is free from sin. I'm so sorry to have this doubt. How can I rid myself of these doubts?

  • paul carter
    Posted at 20:06h, 03 June

    As a convert, to Catholicism, I was taught when receiving the body I should not chew on it like it was actual food, but to allow it to dissolve slowly in my mouth, accepting it for what it is the Holy Body of our Lord. I no longer observe many doing so, including the Religious. Did something change or was I instructed incorrectly over 50 years ago? Thank you

  • memyselfiallthings
    Posted at 20:09h, 03 June

    I havent been having the Our Lords Body because I am not allowed to recieve on the tongue. Should I just continue to have Our Lord in my hand if I am very very careful with any crumbs etc. What is everyones opinions, it's been hard denying myself I do a spiritual communion but I'm trying to show the utmost respect. God bless you all.

  • Donna Pollock
    Posted at 20:24h, 03 June

    Thank you Father Alan, for the explanation. We offer both at our Church but I don't like the taste of wine at all so I have never took part in that.

  • Monica Leerbay
    Posted at 20:45h, 03 June

    Thank you Father Alan! I love receiving both the body in the host and the blood of Jesus in the form of the wine! Have always felt that you have to have both to obey and complete Christ’s’ eat my body and drink my blood’!!! 🙏🙏🙏❤️❤️❤️🌹🌹🌹

  • Kit Kat Monroe
    Posted at 21:12h, 03 June

    I grew up Byzantine Catholic and we received bread and wine together. I now am Roman Catholic and I just don't feel right, inside, if I don't have both Host and wine. I feel like things are "right" inside or maybe a sense of "home" feeling when I get both.
    Wonder if others feel the same. Thanks.

  • Ana Barranco
    Posted at 22:45h, 03 June

    In my country due that wine is expensive and most of the churches can't afford it, we only recieve the Body of Christ. Living in my country I recieved the Blood of Christ just a few times. I understood this very well after reading the book on the Eucharist by Venny Flynn and this video make it very clear, Jesus Christ Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity is poured in both especies and when you recieve one you are recieving both at the same time!

  • blujeans 94
    Posted at 00:01h, 04 June

    I so miss receiving the blood since covid, but am grateful we are permitted to even receive at all. I am saddened by those that have 'suddenly' decided to refuse to receive on the hand and try to make the rest of us feel guilty. Even St. Faustina was given the Eucharist on the hand by Christ himself. I admit, I do try to be even more careful since this new 'edict' – and I ask the Lord that if any 'molecules' (gee!) are on my hand to unite them into my body with the host – and keep my hands clasped, so 'nothing escapes' – lol! But I will never 'bite my nose to spite my face'!! Being without the Eucharist – and the Mass – for those 4-5 months made me realize how grateful I am; I hope I will never take it for granted.

  • One Plus One Equals 8
    Posted at 01:28h, 04 June

    Wonderful explanation thank you!

  • D De Los Santos
    Posted at 01:59h, 04 June

    I never ever became ill when I received Christ in the Chalice 🙏🏼

  • Cheryl Barron
    Posted at 02:36h, 04 June

    When I was young we had the bread,only priest had the wine.

  • Goli
    Posted at 03:07h, 04 June

    Thank you so much, Father. Good to know and God bless you but I feel you should not show that video with alter girls in it .

  • Lucy Kimethe
    Posted at 04:01h, 04 June

    Thank you Fr.for detailed explanation. Will share this video to many catholics who have same questions

  • Heather van Calcar
    Posted at 09:40h, 04 June

    But Jesus did Both.. He said to Eat this Bread, and Take up the Cup. He didn't say "Or" He said "AND". He said to do both, did he not? Why are we not doing Both? It's not about Us. It's about God and Jesus and what he asks of us.

    I still don't understand why No wine? Why keep Jesus' Blood away from the sinners? Isn't it the Blood that washes us clean?

    If Jesus did Both, and we are to do it in His Memory.. Why are we not?

    Jesus does not do anything by mistake. That is our belief. If He did both. If He broke bread with His disciples, and Passed the Cup. I honestly don't think He did that for no good reason. Jesus doesn't do things He doesn't mean. He literally tells us if it is a parable or not. When it came to His Body and Blood, it was totally serious. He would not budge on the Truth of it at all.

    I believe the thing that all of Jesus is in both. And, that is good for those in the situation or Country and places who are oppressed to only receive One or the Other. But, when we are more than able to receive both, Why aren't we? I really believe Jesus' way is the correct one? After all He's our God.

    This is a big question I wrestle with. We are refraining from Jesus' Blood because of human weakness? That is the answer to this? I really am struggling to understand this. I had both bread and wine all the while growing up. I am so glad I did. I don't get it now where I am, and there is no reason for this. I feel really uneasy. I am a sinner. I need Jesus' blood to wash me.

    I know what you all say that you believe Jesus is in both the bread and wine. I believe it too! That is good… But.. Jesus, Himself, said to do both? Why are we not obeying?

    God Bless.

  • Erica Elaine
    Posted at 11:59h, 04 June

    We're never going to get the Blood of Christ again, are we?

  • Cheli Ledford
    Posted at 14:46h, 04 June

    God bless all Marians. I appreciate all the amazing teachings. I thank you all.

  • Pamela Singh
    Posted at 15:06h, 04 June

    I often wondered about not receiving both the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Thank you very much for your explanation Rev.Fr.Chris. God be with you and your congregation always Amen… Bangalore 4/6/21

  • W N White
    Posted at 19:07h, 04 June

    My personal opinion: He who has Faith and believes, Jesus will NOT CORRUPT HIS Body and Blood to infect another regardless of how many or infected one maybe. Now the idea receiving by hand and not mouth is Ludacris.
    Personally I believe we should return to a more Reverent manor of receiving Jesus. 1) kneeling before Jesus, The KING of Kings.
    2) to receive ONLY by MOUTH from Consecrated Priest and Deacons

  • Salome Lambert
    Posted at 04:51h, 05 June

    I'm sorry but I personally don't think the priest celebrating the Holy Mass can take the Body and Blood of Jesus on our behalf. Like the priest at my church said in one of his great homilies, Jesus didn't tell the apostles that He was eating the bread and drinking the wine on their behalf. He did say "take and eat . . . take and drink." If that was the case, why institute the Holy Eucharist if the priest can eat His body, drink His blood on behalf of the faithful?
    Thank you for attempting to clarify the question. God bless you.

  • Avalon Hospedales Julien
    Posted at 02:21h, 09 June

    Thank you Father for that explanation !

  • J W
    Posted at 15:07h, 10 June

    Fr. Allen, thank you for the explanation. Makes sense, especially for years we were not offered the wine.

  • Zealous1
    Posted at 23:57h, 12 June

    My parish doesn't serve the chalice, even pre-COVID-19. I found myself going to another Mass at a nearby parish just to get the 'blood'' of Jesus.

    However I notice that over the years I have developed allergies including asthma, and now if I have a glass of wine or even a sip or two I immediately start to cough and it feels like my throat is going to close up.

    I did not grow up around alcohol and the the Pentecostal Apostolic Faith church I attended with my mother and sisters served wine during Communion but it was so thick and sweet it tasted like regular grape 🍇juice, and we only had Communion twice a year, or so.

    Years later I learned that the wine 🍷 served was Manischewitz Grape Concord.

    Anyway, I learned that the reason I have an allergic reaction is due to the sulfites.

    Sulfites is "a food preservative widely used in winemaking, thanks to their ability to maintain the flavor and freshness of wine" (Link, 2019).

    Unfortunately, I found this out on Thanksgiving day 2018. For the first time ever, 50 years young, I had wine and drank enough that I felt silly and giggly 😜 but later that night I had asthmatic attack and had to call 911.

    I was taken to the ER and given an EpiPen shot, so I stay away from any social drinking and now I appreciate that I can just partake of Christ's body without drinking the blood, knowing that the blood is present in the body too or that I can receive bother graces in the wafer alone.

    Isn't God Good⁉️

    Work Cited:

    Link, Rachael. “Sulfites in Wine: Uses and Side Effects.” Healthline, Healthline Media, 9 Sept. 2019, http://www.healthline.com/nutrition/sulfites-in-wine#:~:text=Sulfites%20are%20a%20food%20preservative,the%20dreaded%20wine%2Dinduced%20headache.

  • De De
    Posted at 09:37h, 13 June

    My mother used to say, “How can you get sick when it’s God?” It seems refusing the wine contradicts this belief.

    I wonder: has there been any studies!