So many catholics will not kneel down to receive Jesus in Holy Communion. Many bishops and priests will treat them as evil people for having knelt to receive Jesus in Holy Communion. Many will be refused communion or be yelled at for showing respect to God present in Holy Communion.
All throughout the Bible we have adoration, prostration and kneeling to show respect for God. After St. Peter experiences the miraculous catch of fishes, he gets down on the ground in front of Jesus. Luke 5:8 “Which when Simon Peter saw, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying: Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”
We see this prostration, kneeling and adoring over and over again. Before Jesus ascends into heaven in Matthew 28 the apostles fall in adoration before him. The Magi prostrate before the baby King Jesus. The Samaritan who was healed from leprosy prostrates before Jesus in gratitude and recognizing that only Jesus being God could have healed him. St. Paul shows us how to pray in Acts of the Apostles 20:36 “And when he had said these things, he knelt on his knees and he prayed,”. This is when St. Paul is leaving his beloved disciples.
Why do bishops and priests and lay people not want others to kneel in adoration? It would seem to me that it comes from the devil, who refuses to adore, or kneel or prostrate before the All Holy God. The devil will not humble himself.
Many priests and bishops use the General Instructions of the Roman Missal to refuse Holy Communion to those who kneel. But the GIRM was modified around three years ago which still states that the norm for receiving communion in the USA is standing, but the part of correcting the people after mass has been removed. Here is the document from the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops in their Committee on Divine Worship January 2012 bulletin:
“5. What does the Missal say about the posture of the faithful when receiving Holy Communion? What about Communion in the hand?
Both of these questions are covered in no. 160 of the GIRM. It states clearly there that the “norm” established for the United States for reception of Holy Communion is standing. In the 2003 GIRM, it stated that no one should be refused Communion if they kneel, but that afterward they should be properly catechized. In the current edition, the exhortation to catechesis is removed and the exception to the norm of standing is left to the discretion of the faithful: “unless an individual member of the faithful wishes to receive Communion while kneeling.” The Instruction Redemptionis Sacramentum, no. 91, is then cited. With regard to receiving Communion in the hand, there is a significant development from the 1985 GIRM to the 2003/2011 edition. Whereas in 1985, Communion in the hand was granted by virtue of an indult received in 1977, in the Roman Missal, Third Edition, Communion in the hand is now ordinary liturgical law for the United States, though every communicant retains the equal right of receiving on the tongue.”
Again many catholics are scolded for receiving Jesus on the tongue too. Most First Holy Communions children are only instructed to receive Holy Communion in the hand. So many crumbs of Jesus fall from the hand and are trampled under foot in so many catholic churches. Very very rarely are patens used to catch the crumbs.
Are we traditional catholic not so so blessed to be able to adore Jesus by kneeling for Holy Communion. Are we not thankful that we are not dropping crumbs of the Sacred Host all over the floor to be trampled on my everyone every time they come into church? Yes we will suffer to protect Jesus. But He will protect us from eternal damnation.
We will not be like the devil, we will prostrate, kneel and adore Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.