160. The norm for reception of Holy Communion in the dioceses of the United States is standing. Communicants should not be denied Holy Communion because they kneel. Rather, such instances should be addressed pastorally, by providing the faithful with proper catechesis on the reasons for this norm.So my question to you is - if you attend a Mass where kneeling is the norm, and you find yourself at a Mass where the norm is standing - what do you do? Do you kneel anyway, or do you genuflect or perform some other sign of reverence, then receive Holy Communion standing like everyone else?
Thursday, July 02, 2009
Kneeling for Communion
There is a new poll in the sidebar on kneeling for Holy Communion, which I am going to leave up for awhile. Just as it is our right as Catholics to receive Holy Communion on the tounge, we are not to be kept from receiving Holy Communion just because we prefer to kneel out of reverence for the Body and Blood of Our Lord. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal has a universal norm (#160) for standing or kneeling, but the US bishops obtained from the Holy See a provision for standing as the normal posture for Holy Communion. Still, the GIRM states that Communion should not be denied to the faithful who prefer to kneel. (By the way, Canada does not follow the GIRM at all. They have tied it up in numerous revisions to the Holy See that should take about a century to unravel)