After mystical experience, priest announces Communion only on the tongue and kneeling

Fr. Fredy Leonardo Herrera Fuentes in Bogotá, Colombia, told parishioners that ‘from this moment in our parish, it’s only going to be possible to receive Holy Communion on the tongue and kneeling down.’

April 26, 2021 LifeSiteNews:

In February, a priest was caught on video having a mystical experience during Mass after which he went straight to the pulpit to announce that from that moment on, Holy Communion at that parish would only be given on the tongue and kneeling. The video, which has gone viral with nearly two million views, captured the priest bowing down (practically doubling over), shaking, and crying. He was bowed down for about 20 seconds, which is of course a long time during Mass while everyone is waiting. 

In this episode of The John-Henry Westen Show, I show you that clip and exactly what he said, but also I get clarification on what such a declaration is all about from well-known theologian and liturgical expert Dr. Peter Kwasniewski. This way, we can unpack this properly.

Watch the video above or continue reading over at LifeSiteNews

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11 Responses to After mystical experience, priest announces Communion only on the tongue and kneeling

  1. Mary Salmond says:

    This miracle needs to happen to each priest, then they might preach Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity each Sunday so the people can feel the Presence!


  2. johnhenrycn says:

    Miracles happen. I suffer from Scaphoid Lunate Advanced Collapse in both wrists due to slip and falls incurred 2 different times. First time, right wrist, second time left wrist. No effective treatments are yet available according my orthopod who simply said: “Be glad this didn’t happen when you were 20 years old instead of when …etc…etc.”

    They both hurt a lot, although not constantly. But my left wrist injury bothers me more because I’m left-handed and haven’t been able to compose handwritten notes, cards and letters for my loved ones and friends for 3-4 years. This has always caused me great distress. Handwritten missives are very important to me.

    So, 4 days ago, after an especially bad episode, I prayed that my left wrist be healed or be made more functional at least. I didn’t pray for my right wrist, not wishing to press my luck. Then 3 days ago, while hanging up some clothes, I again twisted my right wrist, causing awful pain; but almost immediately, my left wrist returned almost (not quite) to normal. I can’t explain it except that God is laughing at me not asking for healing in both wrists.

    I’m not comfortable writing yet, but I’m optimistic. Hope I remember to let you know 🙂

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  3. kathleen says:

    “I prayed that my left wrist be healed or be made more functional at least. I didn’t pray for my right wrist, not wishing to press my luck.”

    Dear JH, I don’t know how you do it, but I seldom come away from reading a comment of yours without having a good laugh.
    Yes, you should have asked God in prayer to heal both injured wrists. You surely didn’t doubt His power to be able to do so, did you? 😉
    Anyway, I’m very glad your prayer was answered and your left wrist is [almost] back to normal.

    I am certainly no saint myself (although to be a saint is what I begin afresh every morning once again to aim for, having failed miserably the day before) but even I, sinner that I am, could relate some amazing miraculous answers to prayer I have been blessed to receive. “Ask and it will be given to you”, Our Lord tells us. Let us have faith in His loving promises.


    What a beautiful spiritual revelation God gave to the good priest in this article. I hope it’s message reaches to the far ends of the Church. Reverence in receiving the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Blessed Lord in Holy Communion is of utmost importance. It is a scandal and a tragedy that it has been so trivialised in the years following the Second Vatican Council. Let’s get back to the well tried and tested pious traditions of our forefathers.

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  4. Máire Íde says:

    LOL You know that happened to a guy who asked Padre Pio to pray for him? He was blind and like, ‘If I could even see in one eye…’ Well he came back to the Padre a while later, sure enough, able to see in one eye… Padre Pio’s response: ‘Always ask for the big grace!’

    Anyway, on the video. The original clip itself is very good but the commentary goes too far. If those are your personal opinions, fine, but they are not backed up by what the priest said after his experience, and shouldn’t really be associated with it…

    Firstly, because he explcitly says that he is taking his stance because he told people if they were going to receive in the hand they had to be very careful and that was not taking place. Accordingly, there was no error in his canon law even from a Novus Ordo perspective. His stance was against irreverence and sacrilege, not a particular way of receiving that is accepted by the Church.

    Secondly – Regarding the Arc of the Covenant – Uzzah would have been spared if he steadied it with his tongue? Yes Jesus is holier than the Arc of the Covenant. He also took on our nature in order to tear the veil of the Temple and fulfilled the Law, things are different and not all analogies carry across that directly. Grace, grace, grace…

    But my third reason is the most important, and why I am taking up this argument. Don’t get me wrong, I prefer to receive on the tongue, all things being equal, and given the choice, I will always do so. And I am HORRIFIED by some of the things I’ve seen since this pandemic has changed the regular practice. Twice I have had to confront people who pocketed Jesus at Mass and report them to the priest. More times than that I have asked priests to change their policies in churches where people are approaching to receive Jesus still masked and… let’s not even go through a description of what happens. There are horrendous sacrileges going on left right and centre and I know it is all facilitated by this practice. I’m not trying to undermine any of that and it pains me and I pray it will come to an end soon.

    However that priest in that video explicitly says that it hurts Jesus when we do not receive Him, and that disqualifies much of the commentary. The fact is that for many people, depending on their local parish priest/bishop etc., making a decision only to receive on the tongue at this point in time is to make a decision not to receive Him at all until further notice. And I cannot believe, that for someone who loves Jesus, is in a state of grace and is willing to take every available precaution to ensure that not a single particle of the Sacred Host would be harmed, He would rather that they stay away from the Eucharist than receive Him. That is quite simply not the Jesus I know. And I know devout Catholics who are making that decision, and staying away. If they feel they have to in conscience, who am I to say they must receive Him? But if other devout Catholics believe that Jesus desires to be in communion with them more than He disdains their hands, and if the practice is not offensive to Church law, who is ANYONE to say they should keep away from Him?

    “Every Consecrated Host is made to burn Itself up with Love in a human heart” – St. John Vianney

    “I am convinced that one should tell one’s spiritual director if one has a great desire for Communion, for Our Lord does not come from Heaven every day to stay in a golden ciborium; He comes to find another heaven, the heaven of our soul in which He loves to dwell.” – St. Therese of Lisieux

    And see St. Faustina’s diary, #160. It’s very interesting…

    It’s not that we should presume, be disrespectful or refuse to fight for the best practices.
    But love comes first, and without Him, we can do nothing.

    God bless, love and keep you,

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  5. Brother Burrito says:

    Have any of the readers and commenters here watched “The Chosen”? It is a fantastically high quality dramatic representation of the life of Christ, with his disciples, which presents Him as a very down to earth human being who is also the Son of God. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Production values++++++

    As it is crowd-funded by devout Christians from around the world, it is available to view for free.


    It is already into its second season.


  6. johnhenrycn says:

    I value B. Buritto’s insights. Had not heard of, nor have I yet watched The Chosen, but have bookmarked it for future inspection. If it’s really outstanding, I may assist with its crowd-funding.


  7. johnhenrycn says:

    I’ve done it again. Burrito, not Buritto.


  8. johnhenrycn says:



  9. Brother Burrito says:

    JH, I forgive you. I hope you enjoy the show.


  10. Brother Burrito says:

    Even Fr Tim Finigan approves of The Chosen

    Liked by 1 person

  11. johnhenrycn says:

    Cana was, imo, a small miracle, by which I mean a miracle possessing subtlety, just as did the feeding of the five thousand, or four thousand. These things happened without great astonishment on the part of eyewitnesses, if even they knew what occurred until thinking and reflecting later on.


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