At Communion, my priest says, "Receive Jesus Christ" instead of "The body of Christ." Is this OK?


Full Question

When distributing Communion, my priest says, "Receive Jesus Christ" instead of "The body of Christ." Is this okay?

Answer

The General Instruction of the Roman Missal states:

[The minister] raises the eucharistic bread slightly and shows it to each one, saying: "The body of Christ." The communicants reply: "Amen." (GIRM 117)

The liturgy is not private property. No one individual, including the priest, has the authority to change the rubrics according to personal taste or whim.


Fr. Vincent Serpa O.P.