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Not Chewing the Host

​February 23, 2020


After having received Holy Communion, you should not chew Our Lord. You should allow the Host to dissolve in your mouth and swallow it as soon as possible. Part of the reason for this is out of respect for Our Lord, truly present in the Eucharist. We don’t want to treat Him as ordinary food, that we munch on. Another reason is that by chewing the Host, we are likely to have Particles remain between our teeth. Who knows what might happen to those Particles later; mixed with other food, stuck in chewing gum, or flossed out and into the garbage. There are, of course, exceptions. The priest must chew the Sacred Host because he receives a much larger portion. There may also be some people, usually the elderly, who have very dry mouths, who need to chew to be able to get the Host to go down.