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I kneel and receive on the tounge. But then again that is how I was taught we respect the King of Kings in the West. In the East the custom was always to remain standing, in fact the introduction of pews into eastern Churches in the 1940′ and 1950’s was seen as a “Latinization” and was opposed by most Eastern Catholics and Orthodox, as they had always been used to remaining standing or making a profound bow before the King.

The push for communion in the hand was I think disengenuous and led by clergy who promoted the Eucharist as a “Symbol of Love” and as the Cardinal Archbishop of the Archdiocese I live in is happy to announce with his wine goblets and Koolaide pitchers as well as “Bread that Looks like bread” which crumbles and he has crumbs cleaned up with a hoover after his Preformance liturgies where he tells the “Gathering” that they are Eucharist, and anyone is invited to come forward and participate even Non-Christians receive at his Services of Love. (I’ve been there, not just heard about it) Even with complaints to Rome, he is hanging in there. Telling us we have to remove our superstitions about the corporal presence of Christ which came in with the Middle Ages, and see that we are Eucharist. The bishop of the diocese to the south of me actually was filmed yanking a woman’s arm and telling her to get the hell out of the Church when she tried to kneel to receive our Lord, and supported a priest who told the people in his parish, (a week or two after the priest who celebrated the Latin Mass there retired, and the bishop rejected the applications of 18 priests who wanted to take his place.) The parish priest told the people in the parish that it was a mortal sin to kneel and make a private thanksgiving after reception of the Eucharist before the communal prayers began. These are just a few reasons I would like to see us return to what Catholics in the west have always done.

Yes communion in the hand was permitted in the early Church, however the truth is only in emergencies when the Roman persecutions where in full force, and even then women could not receive in the hand, but into a silk scarf, and they where not permitted to sit with the men or speak in Church. People confessed in public not in private, and if someone’s sins where considered mortal they where barred from the reception of communion again until they where on their deathbeds. Had to leave the Church during the Liturgy of the Eucharist, before the Creed, along with the Catechumens. I say kneeling and reception on the tounge is quite relaxed compaired to what the Early Church demanded of Catholics. A little something that those who pushed communion in the hand against the protocols that Rome had given until they pushed the issue by their disobedience.