The Synod of Rouen
Source: H. Th. Bruns, ea., Canones Apostolorum et Conciliorum saeculorum , Berlin 1839, reprint, Turin, 1959, vol. 2, pp. 268-269.
It has been reported to us that priests after saying Mass while they themselves consume the Divine Mysteries, hand over the chalice of the Lord to women who have made offerings for their Masses, or to some lay persons who cannot discern the Body of the Lord . . . .
The piety of the faithful understands how contrary all this is to every ecclesiastical religion. Therefore we enjoin on all priests that no one in future presumes to act in this manner, but that the priest himself consumes the Eucharist with reverence and then hands it to the deacon or subdeacon who minister at the altar for distribution . . . . . "
"A priest should not put the holy Eucharist into the hands of any lay person or woman, but only into their mouths . . . . . If any one will transgress this, because he despises almighty God and dishonours what belongs to God, let him be removed from [service at] the altar.
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