Cardinal Robert Sarah, who is the senior Vatican official responsible for the liturgical practices of the Roman Catholic Church, has stirred things up in the Catholic blogosphere. In a forward he wrote for a book on Eucharistic theology, he stated his belief that reception of Holy Communion in the hand, and standing, not kneeling and on the tongue, is a desecration of the Sacrament. He states that the practice helps Satanic powers disrupt the work of the Church.
Now, keep in mind, Catholics have been allowed to receive Communion on either the tongue, or in the hand since the 1960’s. What is important is the disposition of one’s mind and soul. I have received in the hand, since it was allowed in this country since the 1970’s. I have helped distribute Holy Communion, as both an Extraordinary Eucharistic minister, and as a Deacon. I have witnessed people of faith come up and reverently receive the Body of Christ, some on their tongue and consuming it, or in their cupped hand, and then consuming it.
What amazes me, is that after all this time, this is still an issue! Looking back, I found a 2015 post I wrote, covering basically the same ground. I have hoped that we had learned to accept that both approaches are valid, are holy, and expresses our love and devotion for our Savior.
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Thank you for expressing this issue. Attitude of heart, holiness in expression and absolute commitment to the ONE who simply broke bread at the table and shared the wine and said ‘Do this in remembrance of ME..’ What is has become and liturgical practices in all traditional Churches are honoured by the Lord I believe. What He must hate is disrespect, ungodly behaviour and more than anything else a simple ‘playing out’ of what should be from the heart remembrance of what we truly have in Christ and His sacrifice for us all on the cross. Blessings and Peace to you.