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Do you stand or kneel when receiving Holy Communion ?

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Do you stand or kneel when receiving Holy Communion ?

Post  Missouri Mark on Sun Apr 10, 2011 11:59 am

I'm just curious as to who in this Forum receives the Holy Eucharist while standing and who receives on their knees. Also, do you receive on your tongue or by hand ?

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Post  Lourdes on Mon Apr 11, 2011 1:15 pm

On the tongue and standing. I intend to talk to our pastor and ask him if he would mind if I knelt. I already am the only one in the parish who wears a mantilla and I don't want to overdo things. Our two wonderful priests are attempting to, finally, after thirty years of sixties' priests, make the parish Catholic. They have to go slow and be careful lest the resident feminists cause an uprising.

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Post  Guest on Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:51 pm

On the tongue once I learned that every particle is the full body. At daily mass almost all received on the tongue but then I moved and the new parish almost all receive in the hand at weekday masses. The priest at my new parish breaks hosts in half if he thinks he is going to run out, instead of having extra in the tabernacle. When you break hosts and put it in the hands of people, HOW! can there be no particles lost? Why does the priest have to wash his hands after handling the species? But lay people don't? Isn't this a mixed message?

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Post  Guest on Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:52 pm

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A little different than communion in the hand LOL

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Re: Do you stand or kneel when receiving Holy Communion ?

Post  Catholic_Truth on Tue Apr 19, 2011 1:32 am

Its ashame how people these days receive Holy Communion standing and in their hand as though they are in a soup line.

I always receive on my tongue while kneeling.

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Post  columba on Tue May 31, 2011 7:53 pm

I read this yesterday on "Courageous Priest"

http://www.courageouspriest.com/7-common-holy-communion-abuses?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+courageouspriest%2FqTKF+%28Courageous+Priest%29

7 Common Holy Communion Abuses
Do You Commit One Of Theses 7 Common
Holy Communion Profanations

A Letter from The Cathedral Rector by Very Rev. Fr. John Lankeit,Rector,Ss. Simon &Jude Cathedral Phoenix,AZ January 30,2011 to his parishioners.

Dear Parishioners,

I want to thank all of you who have recently started receiving Holy Communion on the tongue,not to mention those of you who already had been. This subject has generated a lot of buzz over the past few weeks,the vast majority of which has been overwhelmingly positive.

While my main objective in encouraging reception on the tongue is to deepen appreciation for the Eucharist,I also have a pastoral responsibility to eliminate abuses common to receiving in the hand. Such abuses are no doubt unintentional. Nevertheless,what I witness troubles me. And I’m not alone.

In 2004,responding to the problem of Eucharistic profanation,the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacrament released an official instruction entitled REDEMPTIONIS SACRAMENTUS:On certain matters to be observed or to be avoided regarding the Most Holy Eucharist. Regarding Holy Communion the document states:

“[S]pecial care should be taken to ensure that the host is consumed by the communicant in the presence of the minister,so that no one goes away carrying the Eucharistic species in his hand. If there is a risk of profanation,then Holy Communion should not be given in the hand to the faithful.” (Paragraph 92)

Here are 7 common Holy Communion profanations that I see all too frequently:

Blessing oneself with the host before consuming it. (The act of blessing with the Eucharist is called “Benediction”and is reserved to clergy).

Receiving the host in the palm of the hand,contorting that same hand until the host is controlled by the fingers,then consuming it (resembling a one-handed “watch-the-coin-disappear”magic trick).

Popping the host into the mouth like a piece of popcorn.

Attempting to receive with other items in the hands,like a dirty Kleenex or a Rosary.

Receiving the host with dirty hands.

Receiving the host,closing the hand around it,then letting the hand fall to the side (as if carrying a suitcase) while walking away and/or blessing oneself with the other hand.

Walking away without consuming the host.

Giving the host to someone else after receiving (including animals)…yes,it happens!



We would never treat a piece of GOLD with the same casualness –especially in this economy! Yet many treat the Eucharist “piece”of GOD with casualness at best,indifference and irreverence at worst. Of course,much abuse is due to ignorance,owing to poor catechesis,which is precisely why I have written about this issue for four consecutive weeks.

Yet we have another great incentive…

When Holy Communion is received on the tongue…every single one of these abuses is instantly eliminated!
The way we treat another person says more about our relationship with that person than any words we might say. This is especially true of our relationship with the Divine Person,Jesus Christ. So let us continually seek to increase our reverence for our Eucharistic Savior,and to eliminate anything that degrades the respect He deserves.

God’s Blessings…
my prayers…

Rev. Fr. John Lankeit,
Rector,Ss. Simon &Jude Cathedral

BTW, I always receive kneeling and on the tongue (and never from a female Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion). Not because I'm holier than thou, but because I believe it would be the way Our Lord would wish it.
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