Why I Always Receive the Eucharist on My Tongue

Why I Always Receive the Eucharist on my Tongue

Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.

John 6:54-55

An Article that Changed Me
A few months ago, I read this article about why Catholics should receive the Eucharist on the tongue and not in the hand. To tell the truth, I’ve only ever received the Eucharist on my tongue once before reading this article. I always thought that it was more comfortable to receive the Eucharist in my hands, but after reading that article, I’ll never receive the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of my Savior in my hand again.

Why I Always Receive the Eucharist on my Tongue
Why I Always Receive the Eucharist on my Tongue

Protecting Him
The Eucharist is in fact the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ. It is not a symbol; it’s our Savior’s true presence. Without reserve, He graciously gives us the most precious gift of Himself in the form of bread and wine so that we can be united with Him. The Eucharist is entirely Jesus Christ, therefore, it’s crucial that we receive all of Him. If we receive the Eucharist in our hands, and even if the tiniest speck breaks off, that speck is still Jesus Christ. If a speck of the Eucharist falls on the floor, then Jesus Christ has fallen on the floor. If we step on that speck of the Eucharist, then we’re stepping on Jesus Christ Himself.

If your heart yearns for Christ, then this fact should shatter your soul. Realizing that for years I could have been dropping Jesus and allowing others and myself to step on Him breaks my heart.

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Revering the True Presence
By receiving the Eucharist on the tongue, we protect Jesus’s Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. How beautiful is it that the God of the Universe humbles Himself to be so vulnerable in the Eucharist? How incredible is it that our all-powerful and almighty God who has no need to be protected willingly becomes bread and wine that must be cherished so that we might be united with Him?

Appearing as bread and wine, we express the cornerstone of our faith by revering His true presence. When I received the Eucharist on my tongue for the first time in years, I was nervous, but by doing so, I loved Jesus more deeply. I recognized and felt His presence more fully. It’s the true mark of our faith and love for our Savior to treat the Eucharist with the utmost respect. This is why I humbly and reverently receive the Eucharist on my tongue from now on.

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Published by madeline_mckissick

Originally from Western Pennsylvania, Madeline spent a year of service in Washington DC before settling on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She and her husband, Nathan strive for holiness and Sainthood by living simply and intentionally with their eyes fixed on God. You can find Madeline wearing cardigans, enjoying a charcuterie board and a glass of wine, playing board games, spending time with her loved ones, and sometimes doing all four at once. Check out radiantwithjoy.blog and @radiantwjoy on Instagram!

6 thoughts on “Why I Always Receive the Eucharist on My Tongue

    1. Hello! Yes, the Eucharist is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus. I recommend reading John 6:51-65 and also watching this video. Thank you so much for reaching out to me! I know this can be confusing and strange, but hope that these resources help you understand the Eucharist more!


      1. The verses you are referring to are very clear talking about the symbols of wine and bread:
        “51 I am the living bread which came down out of heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: yea and the bread which I will give is my flesh, for the life of the world. 52 The Jews therefore strove one with another, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? 53 Jesus therefore said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, ye have not life in yourselves. 54 He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood hath eternal life: and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood abideth in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father; so he that eateth me, he also shall live because of me. 58 This is the bread which came down out of heaven: not as the fathers ate, and died; he that eateth this bread shall live for ever. 59 These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum. 60 ¶ Many therefore of his disciples, when the heard this, said, This is a hard saying; who can hear it? 61 But Jesus knowing in himself that his disciples murmured at this, said unto them, Doth this cause you to stumble? 62 What then if ye should behold the Son of man ascending where he was before? 63 It is the spirit that giveth life; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I have spoken unto you are spirit, and are life. 64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who it was that should betray him. 65 And he said, For this cause have I said unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it be given unto him of the Father.” (Joh 6:51-65 ASV)

        This text which you do not seem to interpret from the Jewish point of view of Jesus and his disciples nor from a Hebrew and Greek language idiomatic language of the 1st century, shows how you are totally taken by the human false doctrines of your Roman Catholic Church.


      2. Hi, the words that Jesus uses for “to eat” come from words that mean to gnaw at and eat literally. Jesus did speak symbolically many times in Scripture, but here, He isn’t. This is why so many disciples were repulsed and even left. When this happened, He didn’t say that this was just a figure of speech. He further explained that we have to eat His Body and drink His Blood. Did you even try to understand why I have these views and believe this, or are you just trying to prove your own point? Either way, outright calling what I believe false is not the way to handle this situation. I hear you saying that Jesus’ words here are symbolic, but I know from Him that He truly is present in the Eucharist. These points conflict, so I’m going to believe Jesus.


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