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When the Precious Blood is spilled
Question from Jose on 2/3/2006:

Fr. Levis,

My wife and I are Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Communion and have been taught that if somebody were to spill the Most Precious Blood on a carpeted surface that we should use a purificator and try to dab as much of It as possible. Since the Body and Blood of Christ remain with us after Communion for about 15 minutes (the time it takes for the body to break down the species of bread and wine) has anybody ever addressed using cleaners such as Oxy-clean that work by breaking down the organic components of stains? If done in a respectful way it would have a similar effect as digestion and we wouldn't have to worry about any drops we were not able to clean up. Just wondering. Thanks. God Bless.

Answer by Fr. Robert J. Levis on 2/4/2006:

dear Jose, Good. Frankly to cleanse the area on which the Precious Blood has been spilled, it is enough just to use clean water and a purificator, the classic method. There is a principle here which might help: once the Eucharistic species has lost its sign and symbol value, theEucharist is no longer present. Remember, all the Sacraments are signs which bring about efficacious results. Not just signs and symbols alone but signs that effect results. But when there is no longer present the sign, there is no sacrament. Fr. Bob Levis

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