Archbishop Lwanga Holy Communion in the hands
Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga bans receiving Holy Communion in the hands. File Photo

Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga bans receiving Holy Communion in the hands

Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala has issued a law on Eucharist that prohibits church attenders from receiving Holy Communion in their hands.

About a communication released on February 1, it is forbidden to distribute or receive Holy Communion in the hands.

According to Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, it is the reason the church has taken it upon themselves to return to the more reverent method of receiving the Eucharist on the tongue.

“It is forbidden to distribute or receive Holy Communion in the hands. Mother Church enjoins us to hold the Most Holy Eucharist is the highest honour. Due to many reported instances of dishonouring the Eucharist that has been associated with reception of Eucharist in the hands, i

The new law originates from liturgical and canonical norms of the church that require him by law to fend off abuses in the liturgical life of the church.

A Liturgical or canonical norm according to religious books is some written item that imposes an obligation on a person, a group of persons, a parish, a diocese, or the whole Church.

Archbishop Lwanga Holy Communion in the hands
Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga bans receiving Holy Communion in the hands. File Photo

Besides, Lwanga stated that individuals who involve themselves in acts of sin including are prohibited from taking Holy Communion. Also, he warned that Eucharist should not be celebrated in their homes as it has always been the norm.

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Cyprian Lwanga further ordered that while celebrating and administering Eucharist, priests and deacons are supposed to wear sacred vestments as prescribed by the rubrics and that is strictly forbidden for any priest who is not vested this official wear to take part or assisting in the distribution of holy communion.

Lwanga who stressed that the new laws are set to take effect immediately said that church leaders including priests who are not dressed in sacred attires will not be allowed to sit in the sanctuary but rather make themselves comfortable in the congregation.

“These norms are to be followed with immediate effect. He should also not sit in the sanctuary but rather take his seat among the faithful in the congregation,” Lwanga’s statement added.

Cyprian Lwanga however, implied that the new direction will help to organize the church as well create a uniform way of receiving the Eucharist unlike before when some people have been taking it straight on the tongue while others in their hands.

By John Dalton Kigozi