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''...interrogavit si Eucharistiam intus haberent. Respondebant: 'Quid opus est Eucharistia? Neque enim mori adhuc habes, qui tam hilariter nobiscum velut sospes loqueris.' Rursus ille: 'Et tamen,'' ait, ''afferte mihi Eucharistiam.' Qua accepta in manu interrogavit si omnes placidum erga se animum et sine querela controversiae ac rancoris haberent.''St Bede
This quote is irrelevant to the discussion, since Caedmon (the subject of the quoted passage) was in Holy Orders when he took the host in the hand: therefore he was entitled to do so.
Full a full treatment of the practice of communion on the tongue, see the FIUV position paper on the subject, here: http://www.fiuv.org/dossier_liturgyWe don't claim it was universal in the 7th Century. So what?
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