Friday, June 27, 2008

WHAT!!?? Does This Mean That Jesus Isn't My Palsie-Walsie Anymore!?
*Dancing and singing* Jesus is my buddy... Jesus is my pal!

As we all know, things move glacially slow in The Church. Sometimes a little TOO slow! But nonetheless, this is great news.

Here's some of the article from the Catholic News Service; Vatican: Receiving Eucharist kneeling will be norm at papal liturgies
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Receiving the Eucharist on the tongue while kneeling before the pope will become the norm at papal liturgies, said the Vatican's liturgist.

While current norms allow the faithful to receive the Eucharist in the hand while standing, Pope Benedict XVI has indicated a preference for the more traditional practice, said Msgr. Guido Marini, master of papal liturgical ceremonies.

Kneeling and receiving Communion on the tongue highlights "the truth of the real presence (of Christ) in the Eucharist, helps the devotion of the faithful and introduces the sense of mystery more easily," he said in a June 26 interview with the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano.

Pastorally speaking, he said "it is urgent to highlight and recover" these aspects of the sacredness and mystery of the Eucharist in modern times.

Generally at papal Masses, those receiving Communion from the pope stand and the majority choose to receive on the tongue.

But starting with a May 22 Mass outside the Basilica of St. John Lateran, two ushers placed a kneeler in front of the altar and the chosen communicants all knelt and received on the tongue.

At a June 15 Mass in the southern Italian port city of Brindisi, the pope again distributed Communion to the faithful on the tongue while they were kneeling.

In the Vatican newspaper interview, Msgr. Marini was asked if this practice was destined to become the norm in all papal celebrations, and he replied, "I really think so."

He said "it is necessary not to forget that the distribution of Communion in the hand, from a juridical standpoint, remains up to now an indult," which is an exemption from a general requirement that is granted by the Vatican to the bishops' conferences which have requested it. He said the pope's adoption of the traditional practice of distributing Communion "aims to highlight the force of the valid norm for the whole church."

4 Comments:

Blogger Former Altar Boy said...

Praise God! It's about time! May His Holiness' example lead other orthodox priests to follow his lead. When the modernists, liberals, and liturgical ministers, and anyone else start to whine or complain, the priest can merely respond, "If it's good enough for the Pope,it's good enough for me."

1:07 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

Yes, yes, yes! I love our Pope!

3:37 PM  
Blogger Simplex Vir said...

Wow this is awesome. However we may need to put in a call to Tonya Harding's friend. You just know that some "objectors" will try to stand to make a statement. One swift knock to the back of the knee should take care of that!

10:10 AM  
Blogger Athanasius contra mundum said...

A restored sense of reverence for the Eucharist is LONG overdue.

1:23 PM  

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