Cardinal Sarah on kneeling before the Eucharist, Communion in the hand

The other day I visited the chapel of an important Marian apparition.  There were many pilgrims including groups of young people.  A worker nun breezily made a sort of bow to the Blessed Sacrament as she passed before the tabernacle.

That really gripes my chitlins.

I don’t trust Latin Church Catholics who, without some reason such as bad knees, etc., don’t genuflect to the Blessed Sacrament.

Today I read a piece with comments by the great Robert Card. Sarah about this matter.   He recently spoke in Milan.  At LifeSite HERE.


Of Pope St. John Paul II’s respect for Jesus in the Eucharist, Sarah said:

The whole of the life of Karol Wotyla was marked by a profound respect for the Blessed Eucharist. Much could be said, and much has been written about this. Today I simply ask you to recall that at the end of his life of service, a man in a body wracked with sickness, John Paul II could never sit in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. He forced his broken body to kneel. He needed the help of others to bend his knees, and again to stand. What more profound testimony could he give to the reverence due to the Blessed Sacrament than this, right up until his very last days.

He then quoted St. Teresa of Calcutta, an “exceptional nun, whose faith, holiness and total gift of her life to God and to the poor are world-renowned.”

St. Teresa “had absolute respect and worship for the Divine Body of Jesus Christ,” said Sarah. He noted that “she touched daily the ‘flesh’ of Christ in the dilapidated bodies of the poorest of the poor,” but “amazed and full of respectful veneration, she refrained from touching the transubstantiated Body of Christ.”

“Rather, she adored him,” Sarah continued. “She contemplated him silently. She knelt and prostrated herself before Jesus in the Eucharist. And she received him, like a little child who is humbly nourished by his God. She was saddened and pained to see Christians receive Holy Communion in their hands.

Card. Sarah spoke also about Communion in the hand.  I agree with Mother on this one.  When I see people receive in the hand I am left deeply troubled.   It almost physically hurts.    It is just so … wrong.

More from Card. Sarah.

The cardinal recounted Mother Teresa’s own words: “Wherever I go in the whole world, the thing that makes me the saddest is watching people receive Communion in the hand.

The reception of Communion on the hand was allowed as an exception to the norm of Communion kneeling and on the tongue. It began in the 1960s, with some dioceses implementing it without permission from the Vatican. In 1969, the Congregation for Divine Worship issued a document titled Memoriale Domini. It stated:

Indeed, in certain communities and in certain places this practice [of Communion in the hand] has been introduced without prior approval having been requested of the Holy See, and, at times, without any attempt to prepare the faithful adequately…

…[The] method of distributing holy communion [kneeling and on the tongue] must be retained, taking the present situation of the Church in the entire world into account, not merely because it has many centuries of-tradition behind it, but especially because it expresses the faithful’s reverence for the Eucharist. The custom does not detract in any way from the personal dignity of those who approach this great sacrament: it is part of that preparation that is needed for the most fruitful reception of the Body of the Lord.

There are practical and very serious reasons to phase out Communion in the hand and they concern desecration of the Eucharist.

In 2015, a Spanish man named Abel Azcona stole 242 consecrated hosts and used them to write “Pederasty” in Spanish as a form of “art.” It seems he did this by receiving Holy Communion in the hand and then pocketing the Eucharist rather than consuming it. His Twitter account features a photo of him “collecting” Communion by taking it on the hand.

“Satanism seems to be on the rise throughout the West, but many people naively still hold on to the idea that ‘black masses’ and such are things that really don’t happen, that they are legends, that they are only in movies, etc. No. They do happen,” wrote canon lawyer Father Bryan Jerabek in response to the satanic “black mass” that caused controversy at Harvard. “And the reception of Holy Communion in the hand makes it even easier – and more common – for people to steal the host and use it for such nefarious purposes.”

At such satanic rituals, “there is always a satanic priest officiating who wears blasphemous vestments, an altar represented by a nude woman, possibly a virgin, on whom very serious acts of profanity of the Eucharist (usually stolen from a church), are performed,” according to the late Vatican chief exorcist Father Gabrielle Amorth. He wrote this in his last book, An Exorcist Explains the Demonic. These hosts are “stolen from tabernacles or taken by some of the faithful at Communion during Mass and not consumed.”

This is real, friends.   And Satanism is on the rise, along with obvious demonic activity.

Card. Sarah also went on to lament the ‘arrogance’ and ‘disrespect’ being shown toward Pope Benedict XVI and also, HURRAY!, the importance of ad orientem worship.

Thank God for the great Card. Sarah!

Also, just as a reminder, the late (how it pains me to write that) Bp Morlino asked the priests and people of the Diocese of Madison to kneel to receive Communion on the tongue.  HERE

If you have not read Card. Sarah’s books, give them a try.  And they make good Christmas presents.

The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise.


And if you haven’t read it yet…


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5 Responses to Cardinal Sarah on kneeling before the Eucharist, Communion in the hand

  1. DonnaLiane says:

    I reflected the other day on what I would tell people who asked me why I receive Jesus kneeling and on the tongue. (At NO Masses I am occasionally noticed.) I think the answer is that “on my knees is the only way that I am even remotely worthy of receiving Him”


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  3. kathleen says:

    @ Donna

    What a lovely answer you have thought of giving to people who just might question you at NO Masses (on why you receive Jesus kneeling and on the tongue)!
    Certainly kneeling is a visible outward sign of our inner love and submission to Our Sovereign Lord and King.

    I also receive Our Blessed Lord in this decidedly more revererent way and I believe in my parish I am often the only one doing so too. When I first started kneeling to receive I felt very self-conscious about it, imagining all sorts of sniggers and rude whispers like, “look at her; she thinks herself holier than the rest of us!” At first I was troubled by these thoughts, imagininings, yet still determined to continue doing so, knowing it was the right way. I gradually came to realise that it mattered not at all what others thought of me: if anyone was indeed silently criticising me I, a sinner, should be glad to suffer the humiliation for Christ’s sake. But I have never been openly picked on or glared at by anyone in all these years, and “what the eye does not see… etc.”

    In fact only once have I had a bad experience, and this was in a Church I hadn’t been to before. It came not from a lay person but from a Modernist priest who refused me Holy Communion if I remained kneeling! I wrote about it HERE.


  4. DonnaLiane says:

    Dear Kathleen, I went through the same thoughts when I first started receiving kneeling as well as on the tongue. But as I am sure you experienced, its an act of humility that definitely brings you closer to Our Lord in that moment. A few times at first, after I got ‘over myself’, I was so touched that tears streamed down my face as I knelt before Him. My angel must be helping me with answers because I have also thought about what if the priest refuses me Communion. I think I would say with a joyful smile (and please know that I don’t mean this sarcastically) “Oh don’t worry. I am not kneeling for you. I am kneeling for Jesus!” hoping to convey some of what I feel and know to be true.
    I also have had a couple of not so great reactions. A couple I sat near, noticed that I only ever go to the priest for Communion as well, even if its the other side of the Church that he decides to stand. As I get up from kneeling with my young son to do this I have heard the wife say “Here she goes” to her husband as I walk past. However I have since made a point of being kind and friendly towards them and she must have changed her mind as she doesn’t say that anymore.
    I will go read your story now, Kathleen. Thank you. I think its important to share this Love as it can encourage others who are a little afraid or have not really thought about it.

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  5. kathleen says:

    Dear Donna, I am sorry to hear you had to suffer that unpleasantness from a couple of fellow parishioners for doing no more than receiving Our Blessed Lord as one should… and from the anointed hands of the priest, which is always preferable. However, your patience and charity in dealing with their mean reaction in that way has paid off well. God bless you for sharing your testimony with us.


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