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Deloris wrote:

Hi, guys —

I've come into possession of an old Communion set from a deceased priest's estate.

There are three Hosts inside and I would cautiously assume that they have been consecrated and are truly the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Christ.

What is the proper way to dispose of these?


  { What is the proper way to dispose of (possibly consecrated) hosts from an old Communion set? }

John replied:

Hi, Deloris —

The Church teaches that the Real Presence remains so long as the accidents remains. If they have started to mold, then the mold is not Jesus. What remains unaffected by the mold is probably not safe to eat.

If they still appear to be bread (that is the accident remains) and they are not moldy, and then you should consume them.

If not, you can bury or burn them.


Eric replied:

Hi, Deloris —

It is doubtful that they are consecrated. They are probably there to provide hosts to consecrate in Mass. No priest worth his salt would store consecrated hosts this way.

Consuming them, if they aren't distasteful, is your best option. Otherwise you could dissolve them in water over time and pour the water into the ground.


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