The overriding reason for why we belong to Holy Church and why we receive the sacraments and why we go to Holy Mass is the fact that one day we are going to die.
The sin of our first parents, at the prompting of the Enemy, was to think that we could be “as gods”. That sin brought suffering and death into the world. It required a Savior, both God and man, to repair the breach we opened between the human race and God. We are redeemed by Christ’s Sacrifice and raised in hope at the victory over death in Christ’s Resurrection and Ascension. We are given mighty gifts through Christ’s merits by means of the Church He found and by the sacraments He instituted and by the teaching He extends down through His Apostles and their successors to our own time and places.
As a consequence, when we meet with Him in the context of our sacred worship, while we stand at times as adopted children emboldened by Christ’s proximity to us in our human nature, we also abase ourselves before Him, before the MYSTERY we encounter, as we remember that we are so very small and so very dependent and so very much not gods.
From CNA with my emphases and comments.
Spanish cardinal recommends that Catholics receive Communion on the tongue
Lima, Peru, Jul 28, 2011 / 01:56 pm (CNA).- Spanish Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera recently recommended that Catholics receive Communion on the tongue, while kneeling.
“It is to simply know that we are before God himself and that He came to us and that we are undeserving,” the prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments said in an interview with CNA during his visit to Lima, Peru.
The cardinal’s remarks came in response to a question on whether Catholics should receive Communion in the hand or on the tongue. [OOH-RAH!]
He recommended that Catholics “receive Communion on the tongue and while kneeling.” [Do I hear an “Amen!”?]
Receiving Communion in this way, the cardinal continued, “is the sign of adoration that needs to be recovered. I think the entire Church needs to receive Communion while kneeling.” [Get that? “entire Church”. And he means the Latin Church, of course.]
“In fact,” he added, “if one receives while standing, a genuflection or profound bow should be made, and this is not happening.” [Wounded human nature being what it is.]
“If we trivialize Communion, we trivialize everything, and we cannot lose a moment as important as that of receiving Communion, of recognizing the real presence of Christ there, of the God who is the love above all loves, as we sing in a hymn in Spanish.”
In response to a question about the liturgical abuses that often occur, Cardinal Canizares said they must be “corrected, especially through proper formation: formation for seminarians, for priests, for catechists, for all the Christian faithful.”
Such a formation should ensure that liturgical celebrations take place “in accord with the demands and dignity of the celebration, in accord with the norms of the Church, which is the only way we can authentically celebrate the Eucharist,” he added.
“Bishops have a unique responsibility” in the task of liturgical formation and the correction of abuses, the cardinal said, “and we must not fail to fulfill it, because everything we do to ensure that the Eucharist is celebrated properly will ensure proper participation in the Eucharist.”
No renewal of the Church can take place without a revitalization of our Catholic identity. No revitalization of our Catholic identity can take place without a renewal of our liturgical worship.
In the presence of God we must adopt the posture of creatures, and for just a few seconds… just a few seconds of our oh so busy lives… make ourselves lowly.
Aside from those because of physical reasons cannot kneel, for those of you think think you have to stand when receiving Communion, I invite you to rethink your “position”.
Do not be afraid to bend yourself and lower yourself before the coming of the Most High God, in the mystery which envelops you during Holy Mass.
Don’t think you mustn’t and can’t kneel to GOD.
I have been concerned and less than sanguine about many things I have seen going on these days, but this story and the words of Card. Canizares, are a sign of hope. This sort of article, with this recommendation for the whole Church, would have been unthinkable even, say, ten years ago, from a Prefect of the CDW.