DOING AS THE POPE DOES; IS IT ALLOWED? WHERE LITURGICAL GUIDELINES BECOME DOGMATIC PRINCIPLES
This is what Auxiliary Bishop Athanasius Schneider from Astana in Kazakhstan said on Pentecost Sunday, that it is "more than clear that the Church has experienced a great crisis."
Communion is Handed out Like Bread
The crisis shows itself in its most gripping in the declining Liturgy, for the prelate: "Today's manner of receiving Communion spread throughout the world is a great wound."
The body of Christ has been received "without recognizable sacral gestures of worship".
Hand communion leaves one with the impression as if one is taking a regular meal, which "one puts in ones' own mouth".
The Bible gives a different example of reverence
Msgr Schneider recalled that the angel and prophets in Holy Scripture knelt before Jesus Christ:
"How great is the contrast between today's widely spread form of hand-communion with the minimalistic signs of reverence on the one side and the glorious examples in Holy Scripture and the examples of Catholics from the past two thousand years, and also the edifying examples of our own associates, parents, grandparents on the other side."
The example of the Pope
Msgr Schneider recalled then that Pope Benedict XVI has been distributing Holy Communion in the mouth since Corpus Christi of 2008 to the faithful on their knees:
"A true Catholic, and even more a Catholic Bishop, can not ignore the Pope's gestures."
That would be a true renewal
For the Auxiliary Bishop it would be a poignant sign of Faith if all the Masses world-wide "were brought back to clear signs of reverence, silence, the holiness of the music".
He criticized the supper table very carefully: priests and people should interiorly and exteriorly look together upon Christ -- he said.
All faithful should "receive the body of Christ self-evidently in the state of sanctifying grace, having gone too confession, and to receive it directly in the mouth with the piety of a child."
In this Msgr Schneider sees "powerful sings of a true renewal in the Church".
In such Masses a God fearing man should fall on his knees and say: "Verily, God is among you" [1Cor 14 24-25]
My Comment: Why are priests reluctant or even refuse to provide a kneeler for those who wish to kneel for Holy Communion? And why hasn't the Holy See demanded and mandated a return to kneeling for Holy Communion and receiving on the tongue? Just wondering? Is standing and receiving on the hand a dogma?
16:16:36 | Thursday, 31 May 2012
Auxiliary Bishop Athanasius Schneider
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Pictures with Bishop Schneider on the homepage of the shrine Maria Pieta.