In aboriginal culture, at least here in Canada where so many first peoples have lost their mother tongue, a corresponding loss of culture and dignity has occurred. People have become strangers in their own lands. We Catholics have allowed a form of secularism to invade the temple, and we have paid for that with a loss of sacral language which was both a sign of orthodoxy as well as an aid to conserving orthodox prayer. The reworking of the Missal (3rd Typical Edition) in English has begun a process whereby Catholics may reclaim a rich diversity of expressions which ground us in the theological gold of the Church.
Pay attention to the following terms used in Memoriale Domini:
- holy sacrifice
- august sacrament of the altar
- sacred species
- Body and Blood of Christ
- venerate, veneration
- adore, adoration
- Holy Communion
External gestures expressing and reinforcing an interior disposition, an inward bow or genuflection, so-to-speak, help cultivate a resilient orthodox piety which complemented one's formation in Christ as a saint. Few such gestures remain. The Sign of Cross is an orthodox affirmation in summary form of the Holy Trinity.
Liturgical gesture is to the Mass as the various acts of affection exchanged between husband and wife are to a marriage. It's one thing to say 'I love you'; it's quite another to physically express those words to a spouse. The Liturgy without reverent physical gesture is like a marriage without physical love making.
The restoration of the word requires the Word.
For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself.—1 Corinthians 11:29.
Yes, but with reservations: 315
Invalid votes: 20
Invalid votes, 70
Invalid votes: 128
1. The new method of administering communion (in those places "where a contrary usage prevails" as an exception) should not be imposed in a way that would exclude the traditional usage....
2. The rite of communion in the hand must be introduced tactfully. In effect, since human attitudes are in question, it is linked with the sensibility of the person receiving communion. It should therefore be introduced gradually, beginning with better-educated and better-prepared groups. It is, above all, necessary that an adequate catechesis prepares the way so that the faithful will understand the significance of the action and will perform it with the respect due to the sacrament. The result of this catechesis should be to remove any suggestion of wavering on the part of the Church in its faith in the Eucharistic presence, and also to remove any danger or even suggestion of profanation.
3. The fact that the lay person is now able to receive holy communion in the hand should not suggest to him that this is ordinary bread, or just any sacred object. Rather ought it to strengthen his sense of his dignity as a member of the Mystical Body of Christ, of which baptism and the grace of the Eucharist make him a part. He will thus experience an increase of faith in the great reality of the Body and Blood of the Lord which he touches with his hands. His respectful attitude should be proportionate to what he is doing.
4. (A most dangerous proposal! Dangerous, because it empties the proscription against communion-in-the-hand of any force.) With regard to the manner of administering the sacrament, one may follow the traditional method, which emphasized the ministerial function of the priest or deacon, in having them place the host in the hand of the communicant. One may also adopt a simpler method, allowing the communicant himself to take the host from the ciborium. In either case, the communicant ought to consume the host before returning to his place, and the minister's role will be emphasized by his saying, "The Body of Christ," to which the communicant responds, "Amen."
5. No matter which method is adopted, one will be careful not to allow any fragment of the host to fall... .
6. When the communion is distributed under both kinds, it is never permitted to place in the hands of the communicants hosts which have first been placed in the Blood of the Lord.
7. Bishops who have been permitted to introduce the new rite of communion (Note: the new rite is a limited introduction of an exceptional consideration. Universal permission is not given.) are asked to send a report to the congregation, six months hence, on the outcome.