Five tips on receiving the Holy Eucharist on your tongue:
- Open your mouth wide. Make your mouth into a landing pad, not a quarter slot.
- Stick out your tongue. Don't be embarrassed.
- Close your eyes. Why? If you leave your eyes open you'll be tempted to move your head toward the priest. Moving targets are hard to hit. Close your eyes and keep your head still.
- Don't bite the hand that feeds you. Sticking out your tongue will insure that his hand doesn't come into contact with your teeth (or lips - gross!)
- Please do not chew the Holy Eucharist. Let it soften in the mouth and then swallow. By doing this, you'll avoid having the smallest particle of Our Lord stuck in your teeth where it might be desecrated later by coming into contact with the profane.
As many who read this blog know, there are those out to make a dent in the communion in the hand practice post Vatican II (for both Roman Catholics and Lutherans, who tend to follow more than lead). I, for one, am on the bandwagon for communion on the tongue -- albeit not an ardent or adamant insister upon this practice.