Dropped communion bread...should you intake it?

For those of you who do not know, "communion bread" is an unleavened (=tasteless) bread which Catholic churchgoers intake during a holy mass. You should have seen one during a sacrament called Communion during those Christmas broadcasts from Vatican.

Or, if you still haven't seen any, just picture a piece of flattened Mentos (the freshmaker)...but without the mint (or any other fruity taste). That should get the thing in your head.

I noticed this on two ocassions: the "accident" of dropping communion bread during a Mass. Yes, a piece of communion bread dropped onto the floor.

On the first case, it was the deacon who dropped it. Some of those queuing held a withdrawn gasp when, to our surprise, the deacon calmly took that communion bread from the floor and put it back on the chalice, hence nobody knows who could have been so unlucky to have that piece.

It could have been me, I don't know. I pray to God it wasn't.

On the second case, it was the guy given the communion bread himself who dropped the bread and instantly inserted it onto his mouth. Perhaps he has used that "belum 5 menit"belief (lit. "it has not been 5 minutes", in Indonesia people believe that any kind of food dropped into the floor/ground has not been contaminated with any bacteria as long as you instantly pick it up and eat it).

Whoa... if it is unintentional, can it be considered sacrilege? Should one dispose of the bread or should one let the faithful intake it?

Because apparently for the first case, the deacon thinks that disposing off the communion bread could amount to sacrilege, hence he prefered to risk the gastronomical reaction of the unlucky faithful who got that unlucky piece.

But enough of that. It's the body of the Lord anyway.

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