From a reader:
I attend a NO parish where the priest is working diligently to restore dignity and beauty to the Mass. We are blessed to have him. He encouraged the use of the veil when I (and another woman) [hurray!] approached him and he has approved reception of the Body while kneeling. [You don’t need his approval, but it is sure nice to have it.] I am currently in my last trimester (pregnant) and always wear long skirts to Mass. There is no rail or kneeler and my balance is not great right nor am I quick to get up from the floor. Is it permissible for me to receive knelt on one knee instead of both or should I continue to receive standing until after the baby is born? Thank you for your time.
WHAT?!? I can’t BELIEVE you are asking this question!
No. The only acceptable way to receive is FULL PROSTRATION!
And don’t hold up the line!
Seriously, ma’am, in your happy condition you should receive in whichever way you are able. Stand, if that is best.
When you are physically challenged, as surely women who are doing their mini-van imitation are, or perhaps infirm because of age, or injured in some way… we can cut ourselves a lot of slack. Furthermore, some days are better than others. There are days when one of my knees is not happy at all to perform all those genuflections in the older form of Mass, and I have to cheat. We can be human about these things.
I once did some chaplain work at a major trauma hospital. There were days I saw some … difficult things. On those days, I would also stop at the maternity area and, with great amusement, chat with women who were long overdue as they were caused by the nurses – I am not making this up – to push furniture around, go up and down the stairs in the stairwell, and even get down and scrub floors. Anything to get something going naturally.
So, if you get to the point at which you are long overdue, then perhaps the RX would be multiple genuflections are several Masses a day, each followed by Stations of the Cross and walking in and out of the chapel where Exposition is going on.
Best wishes and prayers!