Kneeling for Communion

Posted: April 23, 2010 by piusranson in Uncategorized

I was on my way to school yesterday and I saw two long queues at the Tampines MRT Station. It stretched from inside of the Station till the outside.

Almost immediately, I was reminded of Communion queues! People were just going up to receive the free “Today” newspapers. The scene was very much like people in Church, receiving the Holy Communion from either the Priest or the EMHC.

Of course, Jesus doesn’t diminish in the Sacred Host if you receive him, standing and/or on your palms but where’s that reverence for Jesus if you truly believe that is the body of Christ. It’s God.

A secondary school friend, a non-Catholic, once related to me that he followed his cousin on a sunday,  to a Catholic Church to receive that “white round thing”. I told him that we, Catholics, believe that that is the real body of Christ. He said he doesn’t know because everybody is going up to receive that white round thing and going back to their seats so he just followed.

When we kneel to receive Holy Communion, we’re also showing people that we’re receiving something that’s sacred, something that’s holy. We’re not receiving our daily free newspapers!

In Inaestimabile Donum, Instruction concerning Worship of the Eucharistic Mystery by the Sacred Congregation of the Sacraments and Divine Worship, approved and confirmed by the late Pope John Paul II, it’s written that:

With regard to the manner of going to Communion, the faithful can receive it either kneeling or standing, in accordance with the norms laid down by the episcopal conference: “When the faithful communicate kneeling, no other sign of reverence towards the Blessed Sacrament is required, since kneeling is itself a sign of adoration…”

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