5 November 2010
I really wish patens were widely used in Mass. This isn't a debate about receiving in the hand or on the tongue - I prefer receiving on the tongue, but both are acceptable, and both can be done reverently. Regardless of that, I think patens should be used. Today at Mass I noticed that someone received and a little piece of the Host broke off and fell. This person didn't notice, and at first I wasn't even sure if that's what I saw. The priest didn't notice, either. After Mass, once people had cleared out a bit, I went back to see, and it was a piece of the Host, so I consumed it. I'm sure there were probably other crumbs that I missed, unfortunately. :-( The priest had already gone by that time, so I couldn't tell him about it. I suppose I should have talked to the sacristan, though I think she may have left by then, too. I can't quite remember now.