Intinction By Extraordinary Ministers

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I really meant to post this in the “Ask and Apologist” section, but mistakenly posted it in the “Apologetics” section. Our priest and our Bishop’s office stated that this was acceptable. Can you elaborate?

At our church, some communicants receive the Eucharistic Body in the hand, proceed to the Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (EMHC) distributing the Precious Blood, who then takes the Eucharistic Body from the communicant’s hand, dips It in the Precious Blood and then administers both the Body and the Blood to the communicant on the tongue.

This isn’t self communication, so is this practice allowed?
According to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal:
  1. If Communion from the chalice is carried out by intinction, each communicant, holding a communion-plate under the chin, approaches the priest, who holds a vessel with the sacred particles, a minister standing at his side and holding the chalice. The priest takes a host, dips it partly into the chalice and, showing it, says, *Corpus et Sanguis Christi *(The Body and Blood of Christ). The communicant responds, Amen, receives the Sacrament in the mouth from the priest, and then withdraws.
The method that you describe is not provided for in the GIRM, although it does attempt to avoid self-communication.
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