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Question Corner: Giving more than one Host to a communicant

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Q: Is it ever permitted to give a communicant more than one Eucharistic host at a time? The question arose because when taking Communion to the sick in a nursing home, sometimes one of the people who were on the list to receive Communion do not receive due to various reasons — physical inability to receive due to an upset stomach, or mental confusion such that they do not recognise Jesus in the Eucharist. Since the Communion distributor does not have a key to return the extra host to the hocked church, would it be allowed to give two hosts at once to someone else who can receive?

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