Receiving Holy Communion

Normally in England and Wales people are free to choose whether to receive Holy Communion on the tongue or on the hand. When churches reopened in the summer of 2020 in most dioceses the bishops directed that people had to receive on the hand to reduce the risk of infection, and people have been good at respecting this instruction.

Earlier this summer the Bishops Conference relaxed the direction, but asked that those who choose to receive on the tongue show consideration for others by coming up to receive Holy Communion at the end of the queues, as a precaution. You have shown care and consideration throughout the last eighteen months so we ask that you do this please if you wish to receive the Host on the tongue. Permission has not been given yet for Holy Communion under both kinds to resume.

Fr Ashley

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