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During Holy Mass, why does the priest alone drink the Blood of Christ, and not the lay-people? I know that the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Christ is present under both species, but I am confused as to why the priest alone drinks the Blood.

(Sorry, I have had no formal catechism in my whole life)
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The holy communion of the priest under both kinds constitutes an integral part of the Sacrifice itself.  Standing as an alter Christus, the priest takes the Chalice in completion of the sacrificial offering.  This is true from the viewpoint of the Consecration itself (the double consecration is necessary for the true sacrifice) and in view of the integrity of the entire offering, since a priest's reception of the sacrificial Victim is an integral part of the sacrifice as well.  It is also a mystical representation of the Chalice of the Passion referred to by Christ Himself, which further accentuates the priesthood of Christ. 

Now the reason why the laity only receive holy communion under one kind is, I think, mostly derived from the practical consideration of safeguarding the reverence due to this Sacrament. 

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The Mass is the sacrifice of the New Law in which Christ, through
the priest, offers Himself to God in an unbloody manner under
the appearance of bread and wine. Lesson 27.

Father McGuire's The New Baltimore Catechism No. 1,
Benziner Brothers, Inc. Imprimatur 1942.

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