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n. Ecclesiastical
The administration of the Eucharist by dipping the host into the wine and thus offering both simultaneously to the communicant.

[Late Latin intinctiō, intinctiōn-, a dipping in, from Latin intinctus, past participle of intingere, to dip in : in-, in; see in-2 + tingere, to moisten.]
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(Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity the practice of dipping the Eucharistic bread into the wine at Holy Communion
[C16: from Late Latin intinctiō a dipping in, from Latin intingere to dip in, from tingere to dip]
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(ɪnˈtɪŋk ʃən)

(in a communion service) the act of steeping the bread or wafer in the wine, enabling the communicant to receive the two elements conjointly.
[1550–60; < Late Latin intinctiō baptism, immersion]
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The representation in Semur perhaps evokes the act of intinction, the dipping of a eucharistic wafer in wine by the priest to soften it, intended to assist the very sick or very young who otherwise would have difficulty swallowing the host.
Hushpuppy breaks the piece of breaded gator, dips it in the red sauce, and feeds it to her father before taking a bite herself, reminiscent of Eucharistic intinction. After the storming rage of their relationship, the scene is a poignant resolution, one of love and reconciliation mediated through the shared food.
For example, at the new service we offer Communion by intinction. Excellent idea.
A Service of Holy Communion by intinction was offered first to the bridal party and then to the congregation.
Gould's research, updated and revised in 2000, advised against the use of intinction. The practice of dipping bread into the communion wine, he wrote, does not diminish the threat of infection and may actually increase it because hands are as likely to be a source of infection (and often more so) than the mouth.
There have been suggestions that the practice of intinction - partially dipping the consecrated bread into the wine - would be an acceptable alternative to the common cup.
* In the practice of intinction (receiving Communion under both species by dipping a host into the Precious Blood, "the communicants are not permitted to intinct the host themselves nor to receive the intincted host in the hand.
INTINCTION, where either the priest or parishioner dips the wafer into the wine.
These include bypassing the wine altogether; using fortified wine with a higher alcohol content to increase antimicrobial action; using individual spoons or individual cups; using a specially designed chalice from which many people can sip from separate compartments around the rim; intinction (the wafer is dipped into the wine either by the parishioner or by the priest); using chlorinated tap water during the consecration of the wine (the chlorine could help kill bacteria); dipping the purificator cloth into vodka to provide antimicrobial action; and distributing individually wrapped, sterile, disposable packs that contain a wafer and a small cup of wine (5,9,16-18,26,27,30).
Pastors give lengthy directions on the proper administration of the Eucharist by intinction or on how high the processional cross should be held.
Second, upon entrance to Knox College and attendance at Knox Spadina, I experienced holy communion by intinction. Proceeding to the front of the church to receive with others, and dipping the bread in the wine impressed on me the value of the communal meal, and emphasized the importance of the embodiment of the sacrament.
Then, on top of all that, at the same time, many receiving the sacred elements partake of the non-Anglican practice of intinction, dipping the host in the consecrated wine.