Receiving Christs Body By Maria Magdalena Almeida e Vales, mariavales72@gmail.com

If one’s faith prompts him or her to receive The Eucharist kneeling then by all means he or she should be able to receive the Body and Blood of Jesus thus. It used to be received kneeling down along a railing with the hands under the white cloth covering the railing, earlier. Only because, it may have become time taking or inconvenient for the Priest to move from one end to another and to bend a little to distribute communion, as the railing kept filling up, they may have decided to have the Priest or the Extraordinary Minister stand in one place and the communicants walk up in a file and and receive The Eucharist, either on the tongue or on their palms and stand aside for a moment and put the particle in the mouth and look into the palm for any particle left there and accordingly consume it. In fact each and every particle consists of the Body and Blood of Jesus and care is to be taken that these particles receive due reverence and do not fall on the floor and be trampled upon(sacrilege). Yet, communicants receiving The Eucharist on the palm of the their hands just seem to mechanically take the Body and Blood of Jesus by their fingers and pop it into their mouths whilst walking away, without even giving a thought to the fact that some fragment may have been left on the palm and that he or she is required to give due respect and lick it off the palm in reverence. Whether it is done out of ignorance or with a mere gesture of ‘it does not matter at all’, is not explainable and depends on the catechises one has received. But it pains me to see such callousness. I have brought this to the notice of many and even to the priests to educate the congregation that every particle comprises of the entire Body and Blood of Jesus (mystery), and therefore those receiving The Eucharist on the palm of the hand ought to check for the presence of such particles. I am patiently waiting to hear the priests make announcements to this effect. I remember, when I was small, if a Host had to accidentally fall onto the floor, that area was cordoned off till the Priest attended to it. Nowadays, even the little plate held under the chin is not used sometimes.
Some of the Priests delete or set some rules on their own, which do not conform to the traditions of the Church, because of uniformity perhaps, like, kneeling down after the Santus till before the Lord’s Prayer and again after the Agnus Dei till time of receiving Communion, because the rest of the community is standing. Then again, not singing the Our Father because it takes time or because all should take part by reciting, can all not take part in singing as well, if not better? There are such masterpieces of music renditions of the Our Father, should we discard them thus and let them become redundant? What a shame! Yet again, some Priests are not in favour that ladies wear veils, because it disturbs the uniformity of the ‘others” who do not wear veils. And definitely not, if she has to go up onto the altar or lectern. In fact, 1 Cor 11, states that women need to cover their heads, to show respect to their husbands, so where has it been said or written that the ladies should no longer wear veils? This is how the fervour and due respect is dampened unnecessarily. I hope that the right messages and signals are given to the faithful. As it is, a lot of people are moving away from the One,True,Holy,Catholic and Apostolic Church, so let us refrain from diluting our faith handed down by Jesus,from St Peter throughout the ages to the present day., which has stood the test of time inspite of all odds, and, unfortunate and unholy clergy.

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2 Responses to Receiving Christs Body By Maria Magdalena Almeida e Vales, mariavales72@gmail.com

  1. Ralph Coelho Yahoo says:

    The distribution and reception of communion has been seriously degraded because no bishop or priest has thought it necessary to explain the process to the faithful; not even the limited extent that it is prescribed in the directions prepared for the proper celebration of the Liturgy. I blame to laity for not making any attempt to understand the place and role of the Mass in their lives and getting hung up on issues of translation, inculturation and so on.

    The highlight of one’s participation (which should be more than marking attendance) is the process of leaving ones pew, receiving the host and returning. It is an exceptional participant who acts as though this process is an important on in the mass. Many of them may be standing in a queue for anything.

    When it comes to the priest or Eucharistic Minister the absence of the sacred is more pronounced because they at least should know. It is a rare celebrant who deliberately holds up the host and declares it is the Body of Christ and gives a chance for the communicant to affirm his/her belief before reverently receiving it .

  2. Do our priests really believe in their hearts they are doing the greatest job of all time??? the honour of distributing to the faithful the very same body of JESUS who died on that horrible cross.
    Or do they feel that they are just handing out some ” prasad ”
    Lazy scoundrels !!!!!

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