Additional Info Eucharist
There are three permissible methods of receiving the blood of Christ in the Roman Catholic Church. The church’s preferred method is that the individual drink from the cup. The words of Jesus instruct us to “take and drink.”
The second method is intinction, that is, having the consecrated bread dipped in the wine before receiving. Should someone prefer to receive by intinction, that person should receive the communion bread in their hands, go to the minister of the cup, and hand the bread to the minister. The minister then dips the bread into the wine (no more than halfway), holds it over the cup and says, “The body and blood of Christ.” After the person has responded, “Amen,” the minister places the eucharist on the person’s tongue. Both the minister and the communicant should be particularly careful when this procedure is followed. Wine can easily be spilled, and the consecrated bread may fall apart.
Individual communicants are not supposed to dip the bread into the wine themselves. If a person carrying the consecrated bread does wish to dip it in the cup, the minister should tip the cup to make it easier to do so. If this happens often, the minister should bring it to the attention of the priest or Director of Liturgy.
The third method is very rarely used. One end of a small silver straw or pipe is dipped into the blood of Christ. The minister then covers the other end of the straw with a finger, moves the straw to the communicant’s mouth and releases the wine by removing the finger. The straw is then placed in a dish of water. A clean straw is used for each communicant. This way, although strange to us, is a very useful option for giving communion to a person who is unable to eat or drink.