From a reader:
Father, today I attended a rather liberal parish (the choirmaster was wearing a Nuns on the Bus t-shirt). After the Sanctus, 3/4 of the people began kneeling, while the rest stood. The priest paused from the reading the rubrics, looked out at the people, and firmly told everyone to stand up because kneeling could make someone trip and fall. [?!?] Admittedly, I was a little stunned and followed the command. I felt bad afterwards for standing during the consecration; it didn’t feel right. Should I have remained kneeling despite the celebrant’s wishes?
Reason #97774 for Summorum Pontificum.
Let me get this straight. Some could have tripped and fallen during the Eucharistic Prayer. Right? Not during Communion, but during the Eucharistic Prayer?
He sounds a bit of a bully.
In the USA the congregation is required – for the Ordinary Form – to kneel from the end of the Sanctus to the end of the Doxology after the Eucharistic Prayer.
GIRM 43 … In the dioceses of the United States of America, they should kneel beginning after the singing or recitation of the Sanctus until after the Amen of the Eucharistic Prayer, except when prevented on occasion by reasons of health, lack of space, the large number of people present, or some other good reason. Those who do not kneel ought to make a profound bow when the priest genuflects after the consecration.
You didn’t say how many people were in church, etc., but unless there were truly good reasons – and Father’s reason seems rather lame to me – he should not have told people to stand.
In fact, at that point he should not have said anything. That sort of thing should have been announced beforehand, during announcements before the sermon perhaps or at the beginning of Mass, and NOT during the Eucharistic prayer (for the Sanctus is considered part of the Eucharistic Prayer).
Perhaps this man’s bishop can explain why he wants people to violate the liturgical law.
In any event, I would have knelt.
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