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Monday, 25 July 2011

Archbishop Nichols Defend Faithful From 'Harsh' Priests



On the Old Rite Feast of SS John Fisher & Thomas More, Priests in Westminster started reading Archbishop Nichol's letter on Receiving Holy Communion. Sadly in some Parishes the notes were not given out with the letter. Here are a few bits I found of interest. So next time a Priest tries to stop you receiving on your knees, quote the Archbishop's letter and notes!


When we receive Holy Communion on the tongue, we are aware of coming to be fed with the Food of Life, conscious of our utter dependence on the Lord. We know the holiness of the One we receive, beyond our touch.


When we receive Holy Communion kneeling, we present ourselves with humility and reverence, submitting our strength to Him, recognising that He is Lord of all.


When we have received the Lord, we concentrate utterly on His Presence within us, in prayer and recollection, when we return to our places. A time of silent prayer should follow Holy Communion as we approach the end of Mass.


From note 3, the faithful may choose to receive Communion while kneeling.


From note 4, If there is a risk of profanation, then Holy Communion should not be given in the hand to the faithful.


From note 5, Mgr. Guido Marini, the Papal MC, has said that the Holy Father’s preference for communicants to receive Holy Communion on the tongue whilst kneeling better sheds light on the truth of the Real Presence in the Eucharist, he did so “without taking anything away from the other”, i.e. from standing to receive Holy Communion on the hand, where this is permitted (see the L’Osservatore Romano, 26 June, 2008).


Note 6, The ordinary ministers of Holy Communion are the celebrant(s) assisted by deacons and other priests. Extraordinary minsters of Holy Communion may assist where there is a
need (see Redemptionis Sacramentum, 88).


My emphasis in bold. Do sign up to say the Rosary for His Grace.

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Gareth Hurley Blog said...

In some countries Communion in the hsnd is not allowed. This chaotic situation is not good. Mother Theresa said Communion in the hand is the worst scandal in the world - not poverty, hunger or disease.

as for Extraordinary Monsters - like Communion of the Word [is that what its called?] the "priestless Mass" it all happens at the drop of a hat in some parishes.

I know it may sound sanctimonious or like hyperbole, something that doesnt come easy to a Hobbit, but these things cause outrage and scandal.

Thankyou Mr Blogger.