Goodness and now I've been made aware of an argument about whether it is okay to chew the Eucharist. I'm pretty sure that I was told not to chew but I recall that I have caught myself in the past with a chomp here or there to help things along. I am not usually eager to get Jesus down but as I am walking back to my seat I don't think my mind is on how He is doing in my mouth. And I am appalled if people are pointedly looking at me to see if I am chewing. What are they doing if they are noticing this? I think it is better to be an unconscious chewer than a busybody during Mass. My mind is at least in the right place as well as my spirituality. After reading Father Z's discussion board I hope I am not tempted to look around and see who might be chewing.
It’s really very simple – while your mouth is closed, make sure your tongue is touching the inside of your lower lip. Then, maintaining this tongue position, open your mouth as wide as you can by lowering your lower jaw. Your mouth and tongue are then in the correct position for the priest, deacon or Extraordinary Minister to place the Host on your tongue.
They, of course need to learn the correct method of placing the Host on the tongue so that only the Host touches the tongue – using forefinger and thumb only (I’ve seen some EM’s use two fingers and thumb). Place the tip of the Host on the recipient’s tongue and, while pulling the thumb (underneath) back, press down with the forefinger.
The recipient should not, of course, close their mouth until the person placing the Host has drawn back their hand!
Hyper (over) extending the tongue is likely to result in instability and the possibility of the Host dropping!