Intinction in the Gallo-Russo-Byzantine and Anglican-Byzantine Rites
the Gallo-Russo-Byzantine and Anglican-Byzantine Rites, intinction
may be done at the option of the priest in the following two manners
only. It is also permissible to have both intinction (standard method)
and host-only. In that case, the priest gives communion by intinction
(standard mathod), and another priest may administer communion by the
host only from the ciborium.
this method, three additional items are needed: the liturgical
communion spoon, the lance, and a red cloth (napkin). The lance remains
at the credenza. The communion spoon and the red cloth are brought to
the altar at the offertory with the gifts. The spoon is placed to the
right of the chalice on the corporal, and the cloth is placed to the
right of the corporal in a convenient location.
lavabo, standing at the credenza, the priest uses the lance to cut the
people's hosts into the appropriate number. The pieces should be sized
properly to fit on the spoon, which is the purpose of cutting. The
pieces are placed into the ciborium for the liturgy. Then the liturgy
the communion of the priest, the priest consumes
part, but not all, of the Precious Blood, including the small particle
as usual. The ciborium is then opened. Remaining at the altar, the
priest communicates the clergy assisting in the sanctuary by intinction
(as described in the alternative method). That is, the priest dips a
host from the ciborium into the chalice and places it, without using
the spoon, on the tongue of the cleric. The red communion cloth is
a deacon of the liturgy is present, then he stands towards the
Epistle side of the altar, takes a host himself, intincts it in the
chalice held by the priest, and receives it. Then he purifies his
fingers as described for the priest below. Thereafter he holds the
ciborium in the left hand for the priest. At that point, the priest
faces west, and the clergy approach the altar in the center.
there is no deacon of the liturgy, then the priest holds the chalice in
the left hand and keeps the ciborium on the altar, sitting on the
corporal, to his right side, taking each host one at a time as usual
out of it to administer. In that case, the priest faces the Gospel side
and the clergy come to that side to receive communion.
If there is a sub-deacon but no deacon, then, after his having received communion as described above, he may hold the ciborium.
in the sanctuary do not receive communion as described for clergy, but
in the same manner as for the laity described below. They may, however,
receive it within the sanctuary.
Next the previously-cut hosts
from the ciborium are placed in the chalice. If additional wine is needed, it may be
added, and it is considered to be consecrated immediately upon contact
with the consecrated wine.
If there are other hosts to be consecrated for the reserved sacrament,
then they should be contained separately in another ciborium.
the priest must purify his fingers by dipping them into a small vessel
of water, typically placed on the altar, but alternatively on the
credenza. The fingers are then dried on a purificator, and this water
is then, as given for Communion from the Reserved Sacrament, returned
to bare earth sometime after the liturgy. From this point forward, the
priest's thumbs and forefingers remain separated since they have been
At the Ecce Agnus Dei, the priest holds the chalice with the left hand and the paten with the right hand next to it.
the administration of communion, the Deacon (or server) holds the red
communion cloth under the chin of the communicant, and the priest administers
communion using the spoon (in the right hand), holding the chalice in
the left hand. The tinged host should be given, with care taken for
liquid not to be on the spoon as much as possible in order to avoid
potential spills. Then the spoon is purified (after each communicant)
by the Sub-Deacon (or server) on the communion cloth.
words used at the administration of communion in this manner are: "The
Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ preserve thy soul unto life
the case of a priest without assistance, the red cloth is held in the
left hand jointly with the stem of the chalice, and the communicant
takes the edge of the cloth and holds it under their chin. The
purification of the spoon is done using the red communion cloth by the
more hosts are needed, they may be added and are considered to be
consecrated immediately upon contact with the consecrated wine.
the ablutions, the priest consumes any remaining hosts and wine. Hosts
of this type are not reserved. The spoon is purified after the second
ablution by holding it over the chalice with the left hand and pouring
water over it with the right hand -- or else the priest holds it over
the chalice with the right hand, and the deacon or server pours water
The prayer at the Second Ablution is said, but the
actual ablution is not performed since the priest's fingers were
This method requires a Deacon and cannot be used otherwise.
The hosts are consecrated as usual. At the communion of the priest, the priest consumes part, but not all,
of the Precious Blood, including the small particle as usual. The Ecce Agnus Dei is as usual.
priest takes the chalice, and the deacon takes the ciborium, and both
go to the place communion will be adminstered. The priest take a host
out of the ciborium, intincts it in the chalice, and then administers
it in the same manner as for the host-only method.
The words used at the administration of communion in this manner are:
"The Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ preserve thy soul unto life