Tuesday, September 25, 2007

posture at Communion

It seems to me that I read an article recently somewhere online (on a large blog? I mainly read large websites,) that clarified some point that we are supposed to stand throughout communion. (saying we don't need to.) However, I skimmed over it cuz it didn't seem applicable, but now I wish I had read it more closely. Does anyone either understand the argument and can provide more official clarification, or did anyone read the article I had read?


BONIFACE said...


I heard "somewhere" that standing is the normative posture in the United States, but that other postures (kneeling) are not prohibited, which basically means everybody can do what they want.


Cantor said...

There is a complex story to this, and I don’t know all the details.

I believe some folks were trying to get this written into the revised GIRM for the U.S., but it didn’t make it in, AFAIK.

The idea was/is that the Body of Christ is not just the consecrated species, but also the congregation. So, having everyone stand until everyone has received better reflects the unity of the assembly, which is itself a symbol of the unity of the Church.

I am not a theologian, but this is the issue as I remember it.

Puff the Magic Dragon said...

We kneel, from the Consecration to the closing of the Tabernacle except for recieving Communion.

We kneel, because Jesus is present, and we are not equal to God.

Scelata said...

Puff, I assume that means you won't be singing that song, "O Lord, We Sure Are Worthy".....

(Save the Liturgy, Save the World)

Puff the Magic Dragon said...

Scelata, I don't think I know that one, can you hum a few bars?