Friday, 25 April 2014
Manners and Methods of Receiving Holy Communion
We have noticed, as we are sure many others have noticed, that there is a great variety of ‘manners’ in which Our Lord is received in Holy Communion which go beyond the norm of receiving on the tongue and the option of receiving in the hand. There is nothing in this poster of self-service manner of receiving Holy Communion as we linked to in an earlier post (though we think reception in the hand has something of the self-service dynamic to it). Rather, it is that some who receive on the tongue while standing nod the head forward (this doesn't happen with those kneeling at the rail) while those who receive in the hand may have their fingers splayed, their hands side by side or fingers cupped; others try to take it from you with their fingers and not a few hands are unclean (yes we know the cleanliness of the soul is the important factor, but as the poster indicates, why receive Our Lord on dirty dishes which we wouldn't serve up to our loved ones or our Bishop?) We spent a lot of time scouring the internet for instructions on how to receive correctly and eventually came up with this, which we thought might be interesting or even useful to readers of this blog.
We know it sort of encourages reception of Our Lord in Holy Communion on the hand, but it does note that this is limited to countries where permission to do so has been given by Rome, and that it doesn't replace the norm of reception on the tongue. Also, it rightly places the norm at the top of the list as the first and universal method. Finally, in that there are places where reception in the hand is available, we think it is better that people know how to do it with reverence. Anyway, here is the poster which we are putting out with our parish Bulletin/Newsletter this weekend...
Below is a re-worked version of the poster.