While distributing Communion during Sunday Mass on January 16, Fr. Simon de Violet, an associate pastor at Holy Spirit Parish, was confronted by a man who received the host before smashing it to bits and throwing it on the ground. A gesture of great violence for the Church, a desecration, required a Mass of Reparation celebrated this Wednesday.
A scene of great spiritual violence took place on Sunday, January 16, at Holy Spirit Parish (12th arrondissement of Paris). While Fr. Simon de Violet, one of the vicars, was distributing Communion during Sunday Mass, a man arrived and held out his hand to receive the body of Christ. But instead of bringing the sacred host to his mouth, he lifted it to the height of his face and crushed it into a thousand pieces before letting it fall to the ground.
“It was the main Mass (at 11 am) which also corresponds to the second stage of baptism for children, there were many people,” Fr. Simon, told Aleteia, still in shock. When the man approached, the priest did not notice anything suspicious. Everything happened very quickly. “He took the host, raised his hand to the height of his face and crushed it as one might do with a potato chip!”
Pulling himself together, the priest then grabbed him by the jacket and called out to him. “The man simply answered ‘For Nadia’ before melting into the crowd. The act was thus reflected, premeditated,” he continued. “His hands were a bit swollen, with some wounds, as is the case with people who use drugs or alcohol excessively. But he was fully conscious.” Quickly the priest asked the faithful to step back so that he could get a vessel to pick up what he could, “I made sure that the body of Christ was no more damaged than it already had been.”