Saturday, July 30, 2011
Cardinal Prefect says Communion must be received Kneeling...ONLY!
“It is to simply know that we are before God himself and that He came to us and that we are undeserving,” the prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments said in an interview with CNA during his visit to Lima, Peru.
The cardinal’s remarks came in response to a question on whether Catholics should receive Communion in the hand or on the tongue. [Why should the Holy See just STOP COMMUNION IN THE HAND and get this thing over with?]
He recommended that Catholics “receive Communion on the tongue and while kneeling.”
Receiving Communion in this way, the cardinal continued, “is the sign of adoration that needs to be recovered. I think the entire Church needs to receive Communion while kneeling.” [And not surprisingly, the bashers of that dissident liturgy blog, run by a suspected sex abuser, continued their attack on the Spanish Cardinal.]
“In fact,” he added, “if one receives while standing, a genuflection or profound bow should be made, and this is not happening.” [The cardinal is talking about the current liturgical laws stated in the GIRM of the OF Roman Missal. And where are the world-renowned liturgists to remind us not to forget this? Nah.]
“If we trivialize Communion, we trivialize everything, and we cannot lose a moment as important as that of receiving Communion, of recognizing the real presence of Christ there, of the God who is the love above all loves, as we sing in a hymn in Spanish.”
In response to a question about the liturgical abuses that often occur, Cardinal Canizares said they must be “corrected, especially through proper formation: formation for seminarians, for priests, for catechists, for all the Christian faithful.”
Such a formation should ensure that liturgical celebrations take place “in accord with the demands and dignity of the celebration, in accord with the norms of the Church, [not the norms of some quack liturgist from, You-Know-Where! Or from the books written by You-Know-Who!] which is the only way we can authentically celebrate the Eucharist,” he added.
“Bishops have a unique responsibility” [uhm. Not going to happen here as long as a Benedictine acts like a SUPER BISHOP in matters of the liturgy.] in the task of liturgical formation and the correction of abuses, the cardinal said, “and we must not fail to fulfill it, because everything we do to ensure that the Eucharist is celebrated properly will ensure proper participation in the Eucharist.”
Other who are against this or simply do not want to and tolerate the practice because they are more for receiving Communion standing either/or on the hand, argue that it is the internal disposition that counts and not the outward expression.
Well, folks, I beg to disagree...VEHEMENTLY.
Your outward disposition is the expression of an internal reality. You express what you think and feel. Nobody can see what is going on in your heart and mind, so we have our bodies to express it. If you say you love God but hate your neighbor, you are a liar, so says St. John in one of his epistles. You cannot say you love your parents, your siblings and even your spouse, but do not express or SHOW it, then what is left is nothing but lip service.
Don't get me wrong. The question of internal disposition applies to both forms of receiving Communion, kneeling on the tongue, standing on the tongue, standing on the Hand. Internal disposition is NOT at issue here. What is at issue is what happens OUTSIDE, that which the others can SEE.
Many Church authorities, among them the Cardinal-Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacrament and even the Pope himself, advocate the need to bring back the reverent practice of receiving Holy Communion, kneeling, because it is the RIGHT AND NOBLE THING TO DO.
Ironically, though, the very same people who advocate other liturgical abominations like the so-called Liturgical Dance. And the reasoning? "We worship God with our bodies."
That maxim applies when it suits your agenda and liturgical bias?
And ironically, again, the world-renowned liturgist of the country DOES NOT WANT this practice.