Wednesday, March 28, 2012
THE HOLY COMMUNION PROCESSION--IT ISN'T WHAT WE WERE TAUGHT AS POST-VATICAN II CATHOLICS, IT ISN'T THE FAITHFUL PROCESSING TO RECEIVE CHRIST, IT IS THE PROCESSION OF THE CELEBRANT TO DISTRIBUTE THE CONSECRATED OFFERINGS! THIS IS A LIGHT BULB MOMENT FOR ME!
"...Right after the intercessory prayers following the readings, is a procession bearing to the altar the gifts of bread and wine prepared before the beginning of the liturgy. It is said to prefigure Christ’s coming to us in the sacrament of His Body and Blood. Both these fore-shadowings are fulfilled in two later appearances, the procession of the deacon with the gospel lectionary to the ambo for the reading; and the procession of the celebrant to distribute in communion the consecrated gifts, after they have been blessed in the Eucharistic prayer."
I've never thought of the Communion Procession as the priest processing with the Eucharist to distribute Holy Communion to the faithful, in effect, Christ processing to the faithful, "Coming to us in the Sacrament of His Body and Blood." The truth of this statement is that Christ comes to us, accepts us, makes us a part of the Church through Holy Communion and thus saves us in all these actions which are God's actions in the Liturgy, not ours! The only reason we are in the Church and even at Mass is because of Jesus. His grace has brought us here.
But most of us modern Catholics were taught that we (the laity, the congregation) form the Communion Procession to come to Christ, but isn't that a corruption of what this procession actually is? The Priest is the one processing with Christ to bring Christ to the faithful, similar to a Eucharistic Procession with the Monstrance in Lourdes, where the sick are blessed by the Eucharist as the priest passes by them in the procession.
We've gotten it backwards since Vatican II and truly obscured the Communion Procession by eliminating altar railings and the priest walking back and forth to bring Christ in procession to them, Christ coming to them! This is tied into that other post-Vatican II corruption that we ourselves make the liturgy, we do the liturgy but in fact the Liturgy is God's work to save us! Why were we duped by such rubbish that was taught as though it was truth, a newly revealed, post-Vatican II truth? We were led down the garden path to the slaughter in these idiotic theological "spirit of Vatican II" corruptions.
The light bulb moment that the Latin Rite has a Communion Procession as the Eastern Rite understands it came to me when I recalled as a child receiving Holy Communion at the altar railing. The priest is the one processing--thatis the Communion Procession! Duh! But liturgical theologians told us, our coming forward to receive Holy Communion was the Communion Procession. It is a procession of course, but not the Communion Procession, the Priest is doing the Communion Procession and acting in Persona Christi in doing so! We've hidden that reality with the modern manner of distributing Holy Communion on the run, standing and in the hand!
Watch how Holy Communion is distributed to Communicants kneeling at the traditional altar railing and please comment on who is really processing in this video--its the priest to the faithful--the Procession of the Celebrant to distribute in communion the consecrated gifts!
And from Cardinal Burke about Pope Benedict's teaching us about kneeling for Holy Communion as a powerful form of due reverence to Christ in Holy Communion: