Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Communion on the Tongue...only!

Watch this video and see how this priest reminded a communicant to receive only on the tongue.

It's on the 0:08 mark.

And look!  Even the deacons receive Communion kneeling...and by intinction.

While we have this happening in our retreat houses, chapels...

For those who are for this practice, show me a liturgical law that says you can receive Communion by yourself!

"Oh Pinoy Catholic!  You are so legalistic!  You are like the Pharisees!"

Oh really?

Did Christ abolish the Law of Moses?

He didn't.

And so must you not too!

And here is The Vortex video about Communion on the Tongue...only!

FYI, as per my investigation, the Philippines did not receive any permission from the Vatican to distribute Holy Communion on the Hand!

And here is the classic YouTube video about Communion on the Tongue and Kneeling by the not so well known cardinal named Francis Arinze...


  1. First of all, it STILL is a rule that NO ONE and NO ONE but the ordained ministers are allowed to touch the Sacred Species. This means, by norm, ONLY the Deacons, Priests, and Bishops are allowed to touch the sacred Species.

    Even the Sanctuary is OFF LIMITs to all saved for the Priests, Deacons, Bishops, and for the male servers. Male servers or Altar Boys are allowed as a practicum for them in case they feel the call to the priesthood, and not as a chauvinist way of excluding the females. Too bad, with the advent of the Novo Ordo Missae, many parish has discarded with the altar railings.

    I have to note that as matter of pastoral facility i.e. in aid of a parishes where priest is very scarce and has to offer several each Sunday. But this exception seems to have become a norm in Philippine Parishes. It seems the CBCP should start thinking of permanent Deacons, pretty much like what the American bishops did.

    Hence it is best to revoke the practice of of Communion by hand. I myself do not follow this practice and still receive the Sacred Host with my tongue.

  2. There are other anomalies within the Novo Ordo that I think are worth mentioning:

    1. Not kneeling or Sitting during the Consecration and the Agnus Dei

    2. Holding of Hands during the Pater Noster. Should it not be the priest raising his hands as a gesture of raising the prayers of the congregation to God?

    3. Raising of Hands when answering Et cum spirituo and Habemus ad Dominum.

    4. Saying "My Lord and My God" during consecration.

    5. Recitation of the shorter's Apostles Creed instead of the longer Niceno-Constantinopolitan "Credo in Unum Deum". I don't see any pastoral reason the recite the shorter version. By the way, it is ONLY in the Philippines that the Apostles Creed is recited in the Mass. WHY?

    6. The secular greeting at the start of the Mass e.g. good morning, good evening, etc... This is totally NONE liturgical and is a pretty good means of flushing out in a second the prayerful atmoshere that has built during the entrance hymn or antiphone.

    7.Clapping after the Ite Missa Est as norm. I do not see this in the rubrics, do you?

    8. The terrible pop music we implement in our liturgy that are no longer reverend of the Church, no longer didactic, not singable or cantabile by the common man and as a congregation. E.g. "Humayo't Ihayag" is a catchy tune, but is it singable? does it teach much? In addition, the usage of secular instruments which distracts more than uplift. We really lost the use of the classical organ where the right hand plays a different part from the left, melodiously assisting the Gregorian Chant. Not so much of Nostalgia because I have not experience this era.

    9. Removal of the Crucifix on the Altar because this removes the sense of sacrifice of Christ that the priests re-offers in a mystical manner. If I were the Pope, I would order priests to perform the Consecration AGAIN facing the altar and back against the congregation because this is the greatest symbol that the priest is offering the Merits of Christs Passion, Death, and Resurrection in a mystical and unbloody manner to the Father FOR THE PEOPLE and In Persona Christi. Then he can face back the congregation when he resume praying the rest of the Eucharistic prayer.

    10. The blessing for anniversary, birthday celebrators at the end of the Mass and the singing of the HAPPY BIRTHDAY inside the Church. Ahhh, this really is appalling.

    10. Engaging altar girls. As I said, this is a practicum for boys, not for girls.

    11. Priest not wearing the alb underneath. Even if we're in a tropical country, it is not reason to wear the Chasuble as this is a symbol of the Baptismal robe.

    12. On the laity's part, the already norm of wearing casual instead of the Sunday Best clothes. Wow! We all go dress to the 9th when attending parties, social gatherings, weddings, SONA, yet in the house of God, we enter with our pekpek shorts and chinelas and maong pants. So is God a lesser person to honor?

    Ahh, just too much abuse that simple makes me squirm. No wonder present day Catholics lost their respect for the priesthood, for the sanctuary, for the Holy Eucharist, the lost of reverence and appreciation for the Mass, all because the way we celebrate the Lex Orandi DOES NOT anymore Reflect our Lex Credendi, i.e. our Liturgy in the Novo Ordo or the manner we celebrate it no longer express and is didactic showcase of our What We Believe.

    Too bad!