I read somewhere that a priest complained that the laity were receiving Holy Communion on the tongue and this caused the priest’s fingers to get wet with the communicant’s saliva. He was so very concerned about spreading germs to other communicants. He avidly promotes, though, drinking from the common chalice. Hypocrisy? I digress, though.
This can happen, especially when receiving on the tongue when one is standing and not kneeling.
However, I could easily complain at Mass about those who receive in the hand (which I don’t complain about at Mass btw). Because when I place the Host on the person’s hand, I often touch the palm unwittingly. And when people grab the host there is fingers to fingers contact. Oh, the humanity of it all!
We all know that there are more germs of hands and door knobs and the like than in saliva, or at least that is what a pseudo/neo scientist I know repeats over and over again.
At the Cathedral’s EF Mass where everyone kneels to receive and all receive on the tongue, I seldom or ever touch their tongue or mouth or get saliva on my fingers. Why? First of all, the communicant is kneeling. Secondly the communicant tilts their head back a bit in order to receive and thirdly they don’t keep their tongue in their mouth or stick it out way to far and lick it back in before I retrieve my fingers.
I touch far more hands at the OF Mass and more tongues too because at the OF Mass people stand and I have to reach up a bit rather than down.
The older traditional way of receiving needs to be restored for the health of mankind, spiritual and physical.