Cardinal Ranjith to his clergy: communion on the tongue only and while kneeling is mandatory

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Cardinal Ranjith to his clergy: communion on the tongue only and while kneeling is mandatory

Chrism Mass 2012 in the Archdiocese of Colombo.

As reported last year on Rorate the Archbishop of Colombo in Sri Lanka, Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, has restored in his archdiocese the practice of communion on the tongue only and while kneeling. Last month, on the Feast of St. Joseph, he reiterated in an address to his clergy that this manner of receiving communion is mandatory for all of the faithful in his territory, even during outdoor Masses (emphasis mine):

May I also remind you once again that in all Churches and Chapels in the Archdiocese Holy Communion is to be administered only on the tongue and kneelingThis should be implemented as normal use even at Holy Mass celebrated with the participation of a big crowd outdoors. On such occasions at least the youth and the children as well as the “youthful” should be called upon to kneel and receive the Lord. This is the most appropriate way of expressing our profoundest belief in the continuous and personal presence of the Lord in the most Sacred Host as we acclaim “down in adoration falling, lo! the Sacred Host we hail”. And in all our Churches, as an expression of that faith our people should be called upon to receive the Holy Communion, kneeling. And so kindly take steps to fix the altar rails and a cushion line fixed to the ground before the railing so that all could kneel and receive easily. It is also good for us to explain to our people about the teaching of the Church on the Most Holy Eucharist as found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church Nos. 1373-1381.

The Archbishop also announced that he will personally take charge of the effort to correct liturgical abuses regarding Mass vestments in the Archdiocese of Colombo:

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2 Responses to Cardinal Ranjith to his clergy: communion on the tongue only and while kneeling is mandatory

  1. The priests are not going to be very pleased with Cardinal Ranjith. Now like in the old days these lazy clergy will have to walk up and down the Altar rails to distribute HOLY COMMUNION; at least they will get some compulsory exercise in their fatted lives

    • Cardinal Malcom Ranjith of Sri Lanka is a strict and upright person. He is a no nonsense cardinal and has full control of the situation in his archdiocese. Wish we could have a cardinal as strong as him at The Archdiocese of Bombay.
      Let us hope Cardinal Ranjith can also help us out, as we have lost complete faith here at Bombay..

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