Thursday, May 22, 2008

Corpus Christi in Rome

Here`s something else from Fr Blake which I hope he doesn`t mind me stealing. I know that not everyone who looks at this blog looks at all the others like it.

Today at the Pope`s Mass for Corpus Christi a kneeler was set up in front of the altar for those who were going to receive Holy Comunion from the Holy Father. As Fr Blake points out this is interesting given the recent book, Dominus Est, on the importance of receiving Holy Communion kneeling and on the tongue by bishop Schneider of Kazakhstan published by the Vatican press and the move by the cardinal in Lima, Peru, to stop the reception of Holy Communion on the hand in his diocese.

It seems that every time there is a papal Mass nowadays there is something new to report on.

UPDATE: According to a Vatican statement on 23rd May this is not to be a permamnent change at papal Masses but was done to highlight the solemnity of the feast and make a connection to Mass practices in the past.

1 comment:

PeterHWright said...

These pictures show how easily arrangements can be made for Holy Communion to be distributed in the traditional manner.

It is so much more reverential, more fitting, that the communicant can receive the Sacrament at the hands of the priest, rather than taking it out of his hands and communicating themselves.