Wednesday, February 28, 2018
IF YOU CAN'T HAVE EVERYTHING YOU WANT IN TERMS OF RENEWAL IN CONTINUITY WITH THE MANNER IN WHICH HOLY HOLY COMMUNION IS RECEIVED BY THE CATHOIC LAITY, THEN WE SHOULD PICK AND CHOOSE IN TERMS OF PRIORITY AND WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT
Receiving Holy Communion in the hand is more commonplace than communicants receiving on the tongue.
Many Catholics receive in the hand very properly and reverently. However, receiving in the hand and on the run has caused serious abuses that were not as pronounced prior to the council when all received kneeling and on the tongue. There was not the proliferation of people taking the Host with them, placing it in their pocket, dropping it on the floor when they returned to the pew or placing the Host in the missalette or hymnal. All of these things I have had to contend with as a priest and pastor for the past 38 years!
I have even seen parents break a piece of Holy Communion off and give the particle to a child who had not made his First Communion yet and all found it so cute. It placated the child who really wanted it!
However, when I distribute Holy Communion in the Ordinary Form to those kneeling, even when they receive on the hand, it is very much more reverent than when standing and most do not get up from the railing until they have placed the Host in the their mouth and meditate a moment or two.
So, by all means let's settle for kneeling for Holy Communion rather than standing and allow receiving in the hand and give proper catechesis to those who do so they do it reverently and with a concern for particles that may fall from their hands.
Please notice how communicants, although standing, receive communion in the Episcopal Church in their hands--this is the ancient practice which the Catholic Church abandoned and did not recover in the 1970's. What we do is alien to our early Church tradition!
Please note too, how the chalice is given and received! They get it right. Both could be given while communicants kneel. No one is rushed!
HOWEVER! LISTEN TO HOW THIS EPISCOPALIAN (I THINK A FORMER CATHOLIC BECAUSE HE IS TEACHING WHAT I HEARD OVER AND OVER AGAIN IN THE 1970'S) DESCRIBES AND DENIGRATES ROMAN CATHOLIC PRACTICE PRIOR TO THE REFORMATION AND UNTIL THE SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL. WHAT HE IS TEACHING THESE EPISCOPALIANS IN THIS VIDEO, I WAS TAUGHT BY LITURGISTS IN THE 1970'S SEMINARY, VERBATIM!