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Andrew Leung is a seminarian for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Steubenville, Ohio. He has served as Director of Music at St. Pius X Church (Atlanta) and taught Gregorian chant at the Cistercian Monastery of the Holy Spirit (Georgia). For two years, he will be studying in Macau, China.
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"The Consilium is merely an assembly of people, many of them incompetent, and others well advanced on the road to novelty. The discussions are extremely hurried. Discussions are based on impressions and the voting is chaotic. […] Many of those who have influenced the reform […] have no love, and no veneration of that which has been handed down to us. They begin by despising everything that is actually there. This negative mentality is unjust and pernicious, and unfortunately, Paul VI tends a little to this side. They have all the best intentions, but with this mentality they have only been able to demolish and not to restore."
— Contemporary account of the Consilium by Cardinal Antonelli

Papal Master of Ceremonies on receiving Communion
published 4 June 2015 by Andrew Leung

CTL Guido Marini WO WEEKS AGO, I made a post about the best way to receive communion. I didn’t really touch on the theological values of the posture and I would like do a little follow-up today, on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (EF).

I have been reading a book called “Liturgical Reflections of a Papal Master of Ceremonies” by Msgr. Guido Marini recently. In the book, Msgr. Marini gave his reflection on Sacred Silence, Liturgical Music, Holy Communion, the Pope’s Vestments and many other topics. He wrote briefly, in the chapter on Holy Communion, about the history of how the Church started the practice of receiving communion on the tongue while kneeling. The motivation for this practice is twofold:

(1) To avoid, as much as possible, the dropping of the Eucharistic particles;|
(2) And to increase among the faithful, devotion to the Real Presence of Christ in the Sacrament if the Eucharist.

St. Thomas Aquinas also affirms, in his book Summa Theologiae, that touching the Body of Christ is proper only to the ordained priest. It is for this reason that the priest’s hands are consecrated. And therefore, out of reverence toward the Blessed Sacrament, anyone else should not touch the Body of Our Lord.

He continues on talking about the posture for the sacred moment of Holy Communion, he wrote, “Kneeling indicates and promotes the adoration necessary before receiving the Eucharistic Christ.” We should approach the Lord with the greatest respect and adoration during Holy Communion.

Starting with the Solemnity of Corpus Christi in the year 2008, Pope Benedict XVI began to distribute to the faithful the Body of the Lord by placing it directly on the tongue as they remain kneeling. If you are planning on attending a Novus Ordo Mass this Sunday, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, consider taking up this practice which is the tradition for many centuries and has been passed down to us. The Church made clear in 2012 that this option is fully legitimate. And just as Pope Francis’s expectation for Cardinal Sarah (the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship), let us continue the liturgical vision of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI!