Sts Paul VI, Oscar Romero

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  1. pelerin

    I watched parts of this Mass this morning. It always saddens me when watching the close ups to see how few people make any acknowledgement before receiving Holy Communion. Most not even a nod of the head. I remember when we were once advised to make some sort of acknowledgement before receiving – a genuflection, bow or failing that at least a nod if the others are impossible.

    And there are various ways now of receiving although it is good to see so many receiving on the tongue. Those who receive in the hand sometimes left hand sometimes right hand, occasionally even bringing the hand to the mouth as the Anglicans do. I was under the impression that the NO regimented practices but in this respect it has diversified the practices.

    In this morning’s ceremony I even saw a member of the Clergy with a red stole (I think it was a bishop but could be mistaken) put out his hand to grab the Host from the Priest giving Communion which rather shocked me. All the others in that group of clergy received in either of the normal ways. And I noticed one person receiving the Host in the palm of his hand and walk away towards the camera still with it in his palm. Sadly these closeups expose a lack of reverence by so many.

  2. pelerin

    I have looked again at part of the video on the KTO website and see I was mistaken in my memory of the cleric. (I was watching in between supervising a workman at home so my attention was divided). That particular group were wearing purple capes over their white vestments not stoles. The incident which surprised me is just after 1. 41.31 Perhaps he was from another rite?

  3. Pelerin, as an Anglican I was always taught to revere the host that was placed in my cupped hands. I receive it with bowed head, then cupped hands to mouth before receiving the blood. The blood and body of Christ.

  4. pelerin

    Cherry Pie – I did not mean to offend any Anglicans or former Anglicans. ( I myself was brought up in the Anglican church.) However it strikes me as odd when I occasionally see Catholics receive in this way although as you say receiving the Host in this way ‘with bowed head’ is reverent and probably more reverent than the way the Host is received my many today.

    • Pelerin, you words didn’t offend me in the slightest. Your words reminded me of odd practices that I have encountered that made me cringe.

      One of which is when I attended an Easter Service (about three years ago) where I witnessed someone picking up the host and dipping it in the cup before putting it in their mouth. I thought this was an odd aberration until this year when I attended an Easter service in one of our Cathedrals (England). Before the service the Dean made a statement about partaking in the Eucharist; the wafer should not be dipped into the wine, the wafer should be taken first as offered, followed by a sip of wine. The body and blood…

      I was quite shocked that this needed to be stated. Where did the irreverent practice come from?

  5. Aussie Mum

    All Catholic laity received Our Lord kneeling at the altar rails when I was a child and young teen. Our faces were held upward to receive Our Lord from the priest, and a Communion plate was held under our chin so that should a particle fall from the host it would be caught and not fall to the floor. I would very much like to see this practice restored universally. Another thing we did, and some people my age still do, is to make a small bow of the head whenever the name of Jesus is used or heard.

    • Father George David Byers

      About 60% receive that way in the parish. We have lots of elderly parishioners who can’t kneel.

      • Aussie Mum

        I can empathise with your older parishioners who can no longer kneel; I can’t anymore either.
        It’s good to hear that the majority of your parishioners who can kneel for Holy Communion do. Unfortunately, very few here do. Worse still is that although the systemic Catholic schools here are thriving, belief that the consecrated host is God Incarnate in Person is either not well known or not believed by the majority of their students. Returning the altar rails, and the able-bodied kneeling for Holy Communion and using the communion plate would help toward restoring belief, I think. Good priests are the most important, of course. Fortunately, we have many good priests in the diocese where I live but too often the Catholic Education Office, school principals etc – even some religious orders – have been obstructive during the last 50 years.

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