Sunday, September 24, 2006

One Classic Rediscovers Another Classic
Classic Dymphna, that is

My Virginia boiled peanut buddy, Classic Dymphna recently posted this;

After reading this I'm seriously thinking about going back to receiving communion on the tongue.

If you agree with Dympha's concerns (and actually believe in The Real Presence), you might want to take a gander here as well.


Blogger Former Altar Boy said...

Excellent post - very important and highly pertinent. While I admire the woman who is quoted on Dymphna's blog, especially for taking the time to conduct a very objective, scientific (i.e. it is possible for others to repeat it and draw similar conclusions) experiment, I think her confession to the Pope for being an excommunicated "Eucharist Minister" borders on scrupulosity. Nevertheless, her message is well-taken.

I got a laugh out of one of her statements:
“...they would eventually detach from the palms and fingertips of these communicants as they changed position to folded hands and the Particles would drop to the floor,...”

What? You mean people still fold their hands after receiving Communion at her parish?

Okay, I’m being facetious, but it ALWAYS shocks and amazes me how many people return from receiving the Body & Blood of Christ with their hands hanging at their sides, clasped behind their backs, in their pockets (!), or the post-Vatican II gesture I call the “crotch pocket” (the fingers intertwined and the hands hanging at full length in front of the person’s crotch).

It is interesting from the links in the post to see that it was the bishops, not the Popes, who have pushed Communion in the hand. But, as we’ve seen since Vatican II, the Vicar of Christ has forgotten what discipline (from “disciple”) means.

Every time I am privileged to see a First Communion class receiving the Body of Our Lord – a day most Catholics remember their entire life – I watch to see if any of the youngsters receive on the tongue. Never have I seen it. Pardon me if I believe not one of them was ever taught that receiving on the tongue is the NORMAL mode of reception and is not to be denied to any Catholic.

Forgive my sin of pride, Lord, that in 50 years I only touched your Sacred Self with my fingers on time (for which I have already asked forgiveness). For this, I thank my parents for sacrificing to send me to parochial school and for the good Sisters who properly catechized us to understand your Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist.

“Extraordinary” (what a joke) Ministers of the Eucharist at Mass are nothing but a Vatican II invention to appease the Modernists. Does it not help diminish respect for the Real Presence? But, the libs wail, if we don’t get them out of church in an hour they may stop coming and then the collection plates will dry up.

Finally, let none condemn laymen who have always been willing (and usually bearing the expense of their own pyx) to carry Our Lord to the sick, inform, and imprisoned. St. Tarcisius, their patron, died rather than let Our Lord be desecrated. May God bless all who carry out this important ministry.

3:05 PM  
Blogger 4HisChurch said...

I receive communion on the tongue and have for the past few years.

All this begs the questions though--if Communion in the hands is so awful (and your links prove that it most probably *is*) then WHY DO THE BISHOPS ALLOW IT?!?!? Or, Why does the Vatican allow the Bishops to allow it?!? More than 10 seconds of thought on this issue alone can raise my blood pressure beyond what is healthy.

3:06 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

New Dymphna,
As Pope Pual VI said years ago; "the smoke of satan has entered the sanctuary".

Or even better, what the Holy Mother said at Akita, Japan, words to the effect of "the work of satan to destroy The Church shall come from within".

Scarey stuff, indeed.

3:34 PM  
Blogger 4HisChurch said...

Very scary. I have to keep reminding myself that all the saints were obedient to their bishops and other authority figures, regardless.

4:04 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

New Dymphna (4HisChurch),
Thanks for the heads-up on the bad link. It's fixed now.

And as far as obedience is concerned, please keep in mind St Athanasius. Remember when he fought the Arian heresy, and where he was, 80% of the bishops adhered to said heresy. When informed of that, St Athasasuis replied, "So? All that means is that 80% of the bishops are WRONG!"

Obedience, yes.
Obedience to error? Never

4:51 PM  
Blogger 4HisChurch said...

Thanks, vir! I think when bishops err, it is especially awful because it can be so confusing to the faithful--especially those who really want to *be* faithful!

7:49 PM  
Blogger rhonda lugari said...

altar boy: We watched a First Communion class receive for the first time, last year. They all recieved on their tongues and KNEELING. Our church is probably the last N.O. church where most of the people do take Communion on the tongue and kneeling.

The taking Communion in the hands and allowing altar girls is one of the few things that disappointed me about Pope John Paul. I don't understand why he allowed either.

Caveman, we should also remember what St. Catherine of Sienna said about obedeince.

7:59 AM  
Blogger Former Altar Boy said...

God bless your pastor and your First Communion class catechists!

1:32 AM  

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