Spanish cardinal recommends that Catholics receive Communion on the tongue

“It is to simply know that we are before God himself and that He came to us and that we are undeserving,” the prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments said in an interview with CNA during his visit to Lima, Peru.

The cardinal’s remarks came in response to a question on whether Catholics should receive Communion in the hand or on the tongue.

He recommended that Catholics “receive Communion on the tongue and while kneeling.”

Receiving Communion in this way, the cardinal continued, “is the sign of adoration that needs to be recovered. I think the entire Church needs to receive Communion while kneeling.”

“In fact,” he added, “if one receives while standing, a genuflection or profound bow should be made, and this is not happening.”

“If we trivialize Communion, we trivialize everything, and we cannot lose a moment as important as that of receiving Communion, of recognizing the real presence of Christ there, of the God who is the love above all loves, as we sing in a hymn in Spanish.”

In response to a question about the liturgical abuses that often occur, Cardinal Canizares said they must be “corrected, especially through proper formation: formation for seminarians, for priests, for catechists, for all the Christian faithful.”

Such a formation should ensure that liturgical celebrations take place “in accord with the demands and dignity of the celebration, in accord with the norms of the Church, which is the only way we can authentically celebrate the Eucharist,” he added.

“Bishops have a unique responsibility” in the task of liturgical formation and the correction of abuses, the cardinal said, “and we must not fail to fulfill it, because everything we do to ensure that the Eucharist is celebrated properly will ensure proper participation in the Eucharist.”

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3 Responses to Spanish cardinal recommends that Catholics receive Communion on the tongue

  1. sally & Krysta says:

    When I was a Child in Ireland we all knelt at the altar rails to receive Holy Communion, there ar no longer altar rails and Holy Communion does not seen to have the reverence it deserves when did all that change and we should go back to the old ways it seemed to be so much more celebration of the host out Lords Body and Blood lets get back to that SS Canada

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  2. Rebrites says:

    strangely enough, we receive Communion (both body AND blood!) while kneeling at the rail in the Episcopal/Anglican churches I attended in the USA. Here in Spain, land of hardcore Catholicism, we get only the host, standing — hand or tongue, your choice — and at top speed. The priest has three other Masses to get to after ours.

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  3. Wall Eyed Mr Whippy says:

    Yet I remember receiving communion at San Juan de Ortega in Spain, and the priest (now gone, sadly) was surprised by my reluctance to receive it by hand, and when I offered the tongue.

    I have never received the blood, anywhere.

    Perhaps it is an Anglican thing, in an effort to be modern.

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