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.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Showing Reverence for the Eucharist

At Mass a couple of weeks back, Father Steve preached about reverence for the Eucharist. He suggested that everyone receiving the Body and Blood of Christ show a sign of that reverence before receiving, such as bowing one's head.

I haven't heard a priest preach about that in a long time. Amen.

3 Comments:

Blogger Ben Anderson said...

It's more than a suggestion - it's prescribed for in the girm:

When receiving Holy Communion, the communicant bows his or her head before the Sacrament as a gesture of reverence and receives the Body of the Lord from the minister. The consecrated host may be received either on the tongue or in the hand, at the discretion of each communicant. When Holy Communion is received under both kinds, the sign of reverence is also made before receiving the Precious Blood.

http://www.usccb.org/liturgy/current/chapter4.shtml#sect1

9:16 PM  
Anonymous Carol said...

Our parish did it nearly 2 decades ago, and you'll never guess at whose suggestion by way of a 7- or 8-page handout that it came: Cardinal Mahony.

12:13 PM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

Carol - I have no problem believing that.

12:48 PM  

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