Q: I know that the GIRM does not envision distribution of communion from the tabernacle. Have you found any helpful hints on how to practically do this? Certainly, we have a good idea of how many people will come to each Mass, but we will always have more than enough hosts. Should these be consumed after Mass? Taken to the tabernacle? Thoughts?
A: I’ve treated this in my book Ars Celebrandi.
At every Mass here our sacristans count the number of people before the procession of the gifts and adjust the number of hosts. If there are only a few left over, I consume them. If there are many, we put them in the tabernacle. At daily Mass I rarely use the tabernacle at all. Every so often we have to do something with too many hosts in the tabernacle, so we pick a Mass or two and use them at communion.
But not every day.