There’s a lot of interesting discussion in the thread below on receiving Communion under both species and the potential for germs being passed around. Someone asked whether you would want to go to a wine-tasting and drink from the same glass being passed around by a hundred people. Well, what if it was a cheese-tasting party too and the host was walking around popping pieces of Camembert into some mouths and using the same fingers to put it in other’s hands?
The fact is it’s a bit silly to compare receiving the Eucharist with going to a party. But it’s also an issue of what you’re comfortable with. If we had all grown up receiving under both species as a matter of course, we wouldn’t think twice about it. I’m sure that for adult converts it’s a bit strange at first to go through the Communion line and have a man place something on your tongue.
And if it’s germs you’re worried about, then imagine how many germs are passed to the priest’s hands by the open mouths receiving the Eucharist or the germ-laden hands he touches as he places the Eucharist in them. I bet our grandparents and great-grandparents would laugh at us for our squeamishness. We live in a pasteurized, homogenized, anti-bacterial, squeaky-clean world, and so any hint of germs drives us crazy. If only most people could see a restaurant kitchen or the backroom of a supermarket or even the slaughterhouses where your nice sanitized meat comes from. Or for you vegetarians, the manure-filled fields your veggies are grown in.
As for those who think we should only receive under the species of bread, Jesus says in the Eucharistic prayer, “take this all of you and drink from it.” Not just some, but all. It is all the Eucharist, so why the special attitude toward the Precious Blood? What makes reception of the Precious Blood different from reception of the Sacred Body?