The current form of hand communion stems from the Calvinists, so says Bishop Athanasius Schneider.
Gotta love this bishop!
Shared to me by a fellow Knight on my Facebook Wall.
Thank you Sir Knight!
This is what Auxiliary Bishop Athanasius Schneider (50) of Astana in Kazakhstan said at the end of October for the videosite 'gloria.tv'.
"That was an abuse" [It still is!]
Calvinist self-communion was introduced in the 1960s by decadent Catholic Communities in the Netherlands. [not in the early centuries as some creative liturgist would have you think! There are no evidence to support such claim even that reference from St. Cyril of Jerusalem's catechesis. What these liturgist would miss out from that reference is the instruction of St. Cyril to "hallow yourself by partaking also of the Blood of Christ. And while the moisture is still upon your lips, touch it with your hands, and hallow your eyes and brow and the other organs of sense." So, it is now a smorgasbord? Choose which part you like, eh? And why has the Church for hundreds of years did not follow this practice anymore? Read more from Bishop Schneider.]
This step happened in disobedience to ecclesiastical rules -- Msgr Schneider stressed: "That was an abuse and the Holy See forbid it in the 1960s."
Finally Paul VI († 1978) addressed hand communion in the Document 'Memoriale Domini' in May 1969 with a "heavy heart":
"In this document the Church said that this form is an exception and that kneeling Communion would remain the rule."
At hand communion the people would take the Host with their fingers and put it in their mouths themselves: "this particular gesture has never taken place in the history of the Church, never." [NEEEEEVVVVVEEEERRRR!!!!]
It was a kind of self communion. [Even some EMHCs take the Host for themselves and self-communicate which is forbidden!]
The Lutherans adapted themselves to the Catholics [I was expecting the Lutherans to adapt something good from us. Before it was the Lutherans who did something bad to the Catholic Church. Now it is the other way around!]
Msgr Schneider recalled the Episcopal Synod of October 2005 on the Eucharist.
During a recess Msgr Schneider asked an attending Norwegian Lutheran "Bishop" how his community gave the Lord's Supper.
The Lutheran answered that the Norwegian State Church had, up until about ten years ago, been giving supper only kneeling and on the tongue. Yet the influence of decadent Roman Catholics has caused hand communion to be introduced.
The Auxiliary Bishop asks that hand communion be prayed and worked against:
"We must deeply desire that this form of current hand communion, which has never been practiced in the Church, be abolished" -- he said with feeling.
Handcommunion is a minimal form of reverence. On the contrary, the Church ought never to be satisfied with minimalism.
Particles of Host on the floor
Msgr Schneider warned that giving hand communion will cause many particles to be lost.
The Hosts are often flaky.
The particles could also adhere to the fingers or remain on thepalm. They would fall on the ground and be trampled.
In Kazakhstan, according to the Auxiliary Bishop, Communion is only given kneeling and on the tongue. [This is the rule! And bishops can do it if they want to!]
"It so often happens to me and also to other priests, that there are a few particles on the paten."
Without Communion patens, these particles would fall on the floor or in the clothing of the people. [Do you see Communion patens being used in your churches even for EMHCs? Nah!]
Msgr Schneider also warned that hand communion simplifies the theft of Hosts as well. [which happened a lot of times!]
That is why it is high time to Ban Communion in the Hand! Sign the petition! Spread the word!