Coronavirus and Recieving Holy Communion at the Traditional Latin Mass
As some bishops are calling for Communion in the hand as a precaution against the spread of Coronavirus, please bear the following in mind:
- Receiving Holy Communion in the hand is illicit at the Latin Mass so priests may decide that Holy Communion will not be administered to the faithful at the TLM. In the past it was common for Holy Communion to be administered after Mass or not at every Mass since the sacrifice is complete when the victim is consumed by the priest. Even when Holy Communion is not received, by attending Holy Mass we assist at the Holy Sacrifice and gain many graces by doing so.
- One does not have to receive Holy Communion at any form of the Mass and can make an act of Spiritual Communion instead. This can also be used if one is not in a state to receive.