Monday, July 3, 2017
I HAVE SAID IT BEFORE AND I WILL SAY IT AGAIN AND AGAIN, BECAUSE ALL GOOD THINGS ARE WORTH REPEATING, KNEELING FOR HOLY COMMUNION IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT LITURGICAL PRACTICE TO RECOVER FOR THE RENEWAL OF THE ORDINARY FORM MASS--BAR NONE!
Playing Monday morning quarterback, and reflecting on the EF High Mass I celebrated yesterday at the Cathedral (which I now do about once a month), the single most important liturgical practice that the powers that be must restore to the Ordinary Form Mass is kneeling for Holy Communion, bar none!
It is more important than Latin! It is more important than ad orientem! It is more important than ornate Roman vestments! It is more important that all male altar boys! It is more important that elaborate rubrics and choreography.
I ain't saying that the other things aren't important or shouldn't be recovered, because at least in the more liberal allowance of the EF Mass, these things are recovered, I am just saying that kneeling for Holy Communion is the most important restoration or recovery of the baby that was thrown out with the so-called bath water.
I do think, though, short of mandating ad orientem, the powers that be should mandate the so-called "Benedictine altar arrangement" as Pope Francis has continued to use even in his pilgrimages. I think what I have at St. Anne's in Richmond Hill and my former parish of St. Joseph in Macon are both sober, unobtrusive and quite elegant on the altar--mandate it in the Name of God and all that is Holy!