Friday, April 25, 2008

Outstanding podcast on Communion in the hand

Oldie PODCAzT 51: Communion in the hand

I just finished listening to this and found it straightforward and informative. To hear it spoken makes it even more so. Thank you, Fr. Z, for your time and talents. Shortly after I made my First Communion, they allowed that Communion in the hand(and face-to-face confession). I am dyslexic and the thought of juggling hands, right or left and where, it was just too much for me to be nervous over. So, even through the 70's and 80's, I received on the tongue. Not because I "got it", but because of my own nervousness. Anyhoo, just thought this was a nice and gentle way of explaining the "protecting of Christ" with mishaps, particles and all.
(I especially found it interesting in the section(toward the end) regarding the Protestant leader wanting to undermine the priesthood and raise up the common man while at the same time diminishing the notion of the "true presence". "It should give great pause that the protestant reformers used Communion in the hand to destroy belief in the real presence and de-emphasize the ministerial priesthood." Eerie but well on the mark. It worked.)


Anonymous said...

i just today helped a group of First Communion kids practice for the upcoming event, there was such confusion about how to line up, where to stand, and then how to hold your hand if you're receiving in the hand, what to do if you are receiving on the tongue, where to go afterward, blah blah blah. I thought, you know, this would be so much more easy if everyone just received at the communion rail ON THE TONGUE. end of discussion.

Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Communion in the Hand needs to go..did you hear about what about Cardinal Cipirani where he banned Communion in the Hand? :)