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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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"Since such is the nature of man that he cannot easily without external means be raised to meditation on divine things, on that account holy Mother Church has instituted certain rites, namely that certain things be pronounced in a subdued tone (canon and words of consecration) and others in a louder tone; she has likewise made use of ceremonies such as mystical blessings, lights, incense, vestments, and many other things of this kind in accordance with apostolic teaching and tradition, whereby both the majesty of so great a sacrifice might be commended, and the minds of the faithful excited by these visible signs of religion and piety to the contemplation of the most sublime matters which are hidden in this sacrifice."
— Council of Trent (Session XXII)

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Is There a Best Way to Receive Communion?
published 21 May 2015 by Andrew Leung

HIS IS VERY SAD. Recently I saw this video on YouTube taken during the papal visit to the Philippines in January. What a tragic scene! From the video, you can see the body of our Lord being passed down to the congregation.


HY? WHY DID THIS HAPPEN? Maybe they didn’t have good formation; or perhaps they take the Mass too casually because they grow up in a Catholic country. There are many possibilities and I will not get into that. This video led me to start thinking about a “hot” topic: the posture of receiving communion.

In the Liturgy, we adapt different postures and body movements. These postures and movements help us to relate to the liturgical actions and to express our believes. According to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, we have the options of receiving communion in the hand or on the tongue, standing or kneeling. The Church didn’t say whether there is a best option, but personally, I think there is a best way to receive Jesus!

It definitely works better logistically to receive communion on the tongue. The incident in the video would not happen if people receive communion on the tongue. This can also avoid many other “accidents”. One can use his common sense to figure out whether he should receive the body of Christ standing or kneeling. There are two questions you can ask yourself: “Who is it I am receiving?” and “Does my physical condition allow me to kneel?” If we realize that Jesus Christ our God is truly present in the Eucharist and we are going to receive him, we will kneel before him! Our postures and actions should express our beliefs in the Liturgy.