Father, I receive communion on the tongue while kneeling. Recently, a priest has begun to make an issue that while I am already in the position for communion with my mouth open and tongue out, he demands a verbal “amen.” He made a scene first when my son, 10, and then I, both went for communion. Is it a mortal sin not to say “amen”?
First, if the priest “made a scene”, he should not have “made a scene”. On the other hand, I am wondering if he did “make a scene”. This has the feeling of exaggeration brought on by frustration, embarrassment, conflict, take your pick.
That said, in the Extraordinary Form the priest says , “Corpus Domini nostri Jesu Christi custodiat animam tuam in vitam aeternam. Amen.” The priest says “Amen”, not the communicant.
However, in the Ordinary Form of the the Roman Rite, the form of distribution of Communion is spoken by the minister says “Corpus Christi… The Body of Christ” and the communicant responds “Amen.”
The communicant responds, “Amen.”
Is it a mortal sin not to say “Amen”? Depending on the reason why you don’t (such as defiance), it could be.
So, if you are going to kneel and receive on the tongue, in the Ordinary Form, do your part and say, “Amen.”
It isn’t difficult and it is the right thing to do.