Q: I searched the archives, but did not find an answer to this question: Are (con)celebrants and deacons the only ones who may consume the Precious Blood from the celebrant’s chalice at Mass? More to the point, may Extraordinary Ministers receive the Precious Blood from the celebrant’s chalice before they go off to distribute Communion, or must they receive from another chalice?
Thank you. Blessings.
A: Redemptionis Sacramentum 105 says, “It is praiseworthy, by reason of the sign value, to use a main chalice of larger dimensions, together with smaller chalices.” It does not say who drinks from them. Personally, I do share the presider’s chalice with others receiving the Blood of Christ.