View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Communion on the hand still okay

There have been reports circulating on the internet that the Vatican is about to make some changes in the Mass, including revoking the option of receiving Communion on the hand.

A report at the Catholic News Agency counters that.

According to the August 24 report, "The Press Office of the Holy See today denied reports in the Italian press that Pope Benedict is poised to make changes to enhance the sacredness of the liturgy. The statement added that there are currently no institutional proposals to alter the rites being used to celebrate the Mass."

"The Assistant Director of the Press Office, Father Ciro Benedettini, said that `so far there are no institutional proposals for amendment of the books currently in use.'"

Personally, I have no problem with Communion on the hand, if it is done reverently.

3 Comments:

Blogger Poor Servant said...

It's pretty much how Mary Herself (and foster-father Joseph) first received Him.

9:31 PM  
Blogger Rich Leonardi said...

Umm, not exactly, Poor Servant.

My $.02 on communion in the hand: it asks too much of the communicant.

Like, for example, celebrating Mass versus populum, it places the lion's share of the burden of reverence on the individual person rather than providing a gesture by which that reverence is concretely formed or displayed.

9:02 AM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

I have no problem with demanding a lot of the communicant. That's part of what faith is about.

5:06 PM  

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