The Reception of Holy Communion in the United States

There is a great post about the posture of receiving Holy Communion in the United States(standing and in the hand). This practice has a very shady background in the way that it was forced on us and and a break with the Church’s long standing tradition. Most bishops were against the change, but games were played and we have been suffering from the results of this practice ever since. Christian Browne makes some really good points that would should all prayerfully reflect on.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the close of the Second Vatican Council. Pope Francis has decided to mark the occasion with the “Year of Mercy.” Despite much happy-talk and positive papal press, it is a time of foreboding in the Church. The anxiety over the coming Synod on the Family is substantial and growing, with the German bishops’ recent moves to formally ignore the Church’s teachings on sexual morality and the family. Their corruption, and the decayed state of the Church in Europe, is a source of much distress.

The social and political situation in the United States is also of concern. Soon, the Supreme Court may declare homosexual “marriage” a constitutional right. The Obama era has been marked by a series of assaults on religious liberty and the Church’s future ability to freely exercise its prerogatives is uncertain.

It seems an apt time, therefore, for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to take stock of the state of affairs ad intra Eccelsiam. By clearly examining the health of the inner life of the American Church, the bishops can lay a better foundation for dealing with the challenges from the outside.

Of particular concern these fifty years after the Council ought to be the changes made to the liturgy in the United States in the late 1960s and 1970s, implemented by, and under the authority of, the bishops’ conference. And the most fundamental of these changes relates to the manner of reception of Holy Communion at Mass, whereby the vast majority of today’s communicants receive Communion in the hand while standing.

Read the whole post here.

H/t to Father Jerabek

She washed Christ’s feet

Many people debate who the woman in today’s Gospel was. I think Our Lord kept this woman’s identity hidden for a reason. The woman in today’s Gospel represents each one of us! That woman sought out our Lord, and she was not frightened of Him in her sinfulness. Everyone in the room knew what kin of a woman she was. She was known for her public sin, yet she had the nerve to approach Jesus.

Why did the woman seek out Jesus? He was known as a healer. He cast out demons, raised the dead, challenged the Pharisees and turned water into wine and did so much mor that “the world could not contain all the books” if everything were written abbot all Jesus did and said. This woman didn’t seek miracles, signs or wonders, she sought mercy, she sought love.

All of us are in need of Our Lord’s mercy and love. There is not one of us who foes not sin, and if we think we don’t we are deceived. All of us also need love. We were created to “know, love and serve God”, and our “hearts will be restless until they rest in” Him alone. All people need to kneel at the feet of Our Lord and seek mercy as did that unknown woman.

This woman also gives us another lesson. She came up behind Him, washed his feet with her tear, dried them with her hair and anointed them with precious perfume. Although we can not do exactly what that woman did, we can care for our Lord.

The unknown woman shows us the great care, love and reverence we should have for Our Lord present in the Blessed Sacrament. Do we show as much love as she did by our full, conscious and thoughtful care of the consecrated host when we approach the altar rail? Do we reverently take Him on our tongues or in our hands as the Church instructs us to do? Are we recollected before the Mass begins, during the celebration of the Mass and as we depart from the Church or are we more concerned with greeting the people around us?

If that woman were to attend Mass today, she would be gossiped about as being the most sinful person in town, but she would indeed be the one who treats the Most Holy Sacrament with the most loving reverence.

iPadre #191 – Real Presence

In this episode, I explain intended to share a talk on the holiness of the Church, but that will have to wait until next week. We look at some feedback and talk about how to download the podcast from iTunes and why there are missing episodes.  We also talk about properpreparation for the reception of Holy Communion.

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iPadre #185 – The Hail Mary

Today, we cover some great feedback and talk about the Priest’s reception of Holy Communion, why is Jesus called “Son of David”, the Hail Mary and whether can a priest deny absolution in confession.

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