So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Personalized Communion

Is it really necessary that a priest (or Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion) who knows you offers you Holy Communion by name? "Bob,... the Body of Christ."

By identifying you by name, is the priest or EMHC trying to make a theological statement? Exempli gratia, "Sally,... you are a member of the Body of Christ."

Whatever the sentiment or attempted reasoning behind the act of offering the Sacred Host in such a manner, it is misplaced so to do. At the very moment one should be forgetting oneself to focus on the Real Presence of Jesus Christ, the priest or EMHC intrudes on one's recollection and sense of deference to the Lord by introducing you to the Lord God of hosts with an inappropriate casualness: "Hi [N], this is the Lord of the universe. Have a nice day."

A polite and respectful request.

Dear Reverend Fathers (and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion), please do not use someone's name when you hold up to him or her the Sacred Host. The moment in which you show the Host to the communicant is an awesome encounter that merits as little distraction as possible. Stick to the rubrics and say to the communicant only what should be said in the Ordinary Form of the Mass.

May we who receive the Sacred Host from a priest's consecrated hands better decrease in order that the Lord may increase.

A personal prayer after receiving Holy Communion.
Heavenly Father,
thank You for the gift of Your Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ.
Grant me the grace to decrease
so that Jesus may increase.
Having received His sacred Body
and most precious Blood,
I humbly beseech You to look upon me,
Your servant, and see only Your Son Jesus.
Not my will but Your will be done.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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