Well sorry for that.
There is a reason why...
ALTAR rails or communion rails are making a comeback for all the right reasons. [and they were destroyed all for the wrong reasons!]
“First, the Holy Father is requiring holy Communion from him be received on the knees. Second, it’s part of our tradition as Catholics for centuries to receive holy Communion on the knees. Third, it’s a beautiful form of devotion to our blessed Lord,” said Father Greg Markey of Norwalk, Conn. [and LITURGISTS want Communion in the Hand because of hygiene and it is more 'ancient' which in fact they cannot substantiate.]
James Hitchcock, professor and author of Recovery of the Sacred (Ignatius Press, 1995), thinks the rail resurgence is a good idea. The main reason is reverence, he said. “Kneeling’s purpose is to facilitate adoration,” he explained. [and in a more practical note, altar rails prevent anyone from just coming in and out of the sanctuary. This works in Manila Cathedral. And, in the case of St. Peter's Church in Commonwealth, Quezon City, since there are no altar rails, anyone, after Mass, comes up to the sanctuary, touches the Tabernacle, which is located on a side, touches a piece of rock from the Holy Land, which is not even a classified and verified relic. By the way the former parish priest, Fr. Gerry Tapiador, known Biblical expert placed it there. I went to Sunday Mass there just once, and it was a complete circus!]
They may be returning, but were altar rails supposed to be taken out of sanctuaries? [And that one too! That is the one that should be removed. Nothing sexist but women have better roles in the Church other than being altar servers.]
Cardinal Francis Arinze strongly affirmed this point during a 2008 video session while he was still prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments: “The Church from Rome never said to remove the altar rails.”
So what happened?
“Unfortunately, democratic ideas came into the situation after Vatican II,” Hitchcock said.
Architect Duncan Stroik points some out of these ideas: a general iconoclasm that rejected the past, a desire to make churches into gathering spaces more like Protestant meeting houses, and the argument that kneeling is a sign of submission, which is seen as disrespectful to the modern person – we didn’t kneel before kings and queens, so it was more “democratic” not to kneel. [In a word, MODERNISM, in art and in the Faith. Our churches show the Faith and devotion of the bishop, priest and even laity who designed the building!]
Added McNamara: “Some people called them ‘fences’ which set up division between priest and people.”
The Lord works in mysterious ways isn't it?
Decades after the wrecknovation frenzy after Vatican II, what was lost is now being found!
Pray for Benedict XVI for him to reign for more glorious years to come.
Modernists hate him.
And that includes the devil.