“The Experiment of Communion in the Hand Has Been a Disaster…”

Many Catholics are familiar with Father Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R. (July 23, 1933-October 3, 2014). A co-founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, as well as being a retreat master and author of numerous books, Father may be best known for hosting the long running EWTN show Sunday Night Live with Fr. Benedict Groeschel. What may not be as well known are Father’s views on the modern practice of receiving communion in the hand. From the above clip:

So anybody who wants to push for a more reverent celebration of the liturgy, they’re my friend. And I also want to state very clearly that I think that the experiment of giving communion in the hand has been a disaster. An experiment is a try, and this is a try that didn’t work.

While the Church permits the faithful to receive communion in the hand, the universal norm is still to receive on the tongue. Of course, reception in the hand is only an option at the Ordinary Form of the Mass; both the Traditional Latin Mass, as well as eastern rite liturgies, do not allow for it.

Decades of irreverent liturgies have caused immeasurable damage to the faith. Bishop Athanasius Schneider, echoing sentiments similar to those expressed by Fr. Groeschel, has said that the “so called new, modern, manner of receiving Holy Communion directly into the hand is very serious because it exposes Christ to an enormous banality.”

An immediate remedy for this failed experiment is for more of the faithful to simply choose to receive on the tongue. As more people reverence Our Eucharistic Lord by returning to the traditional practice, let us hope more priests and bishops are emboldened to speak out in defense of the Blessed Sacrament. 

Posted on September 10, 2016, in liturgy and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 97 Comments.

  1. everyone is stuck on saying how this is holy the eucharist but no one mentions how in the past youhad to not eat anything for 1 hour before receiving communion

    • Isn’t that still the case? I sure don’t eat anything an hour before receiving, I thought that was still the rule.

      Heck, when I was a kid, it was nothing after midnight the night before. Only an hour is soft.

  2. It is now an hour before that we must fast …. It used to be 24 hours before communion!

    And Communion should be received not only on the tongue but also while kneeling. So the communion rails were taken away to force the new way on us. So anyone who is unable to kneel without the rail or a kneeler is forced to either stick out their tongue in the priest’s face or simply comply and receive in the hand! To further complicate this, before the change no one but the priest was permitted to touch the sacred Holy Eucharist, so only the priest could give the Eucharist. Now a further abomination is to be endured in that we have a parade of lay people so called “extraordinary Eucharistic ministers” decending upon the alter at Communion and then handing out the Holy Eucharist as though they were cookies!!!!! Ostensibly this is to save time….. Thanks but no thanks, I will be happy to wait in line for a priest! When I was younger all Masses were filled to the walls, sometimes you couldn’t get a seat. And we waited in line to kneel at the alter to receive Jesus on our tongue. People who take the time to show up will also be happy to wait another 5 minutes so this is a fallacious argument.

    I am hoping that our new leader Of the USCCB will take us back to the Latin Mass and reverse this travesty around the reception of the most sacred body and blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ … (Sacrilege ! ? )

  3. Oh yes, let’s keep everyone at arms length. After all Jesus is God and we must make sure we give proper respect (as we define it) to the Son of God. With your logic, we only worship the divinity of Jesus. That looks like more self-righteous heresey to me. You are all to holy for me, and I suspect Jesus would agree. 🙂

  4. Nonsense.

    This false piety is exactly what Jesus addressed repeatedly in the Gospels as the hypocritical obsession of the externally religious.

    • What makes you think the piety and the thought and emotion behind it are false? Have you been gifted with divine sight into people’s hearts and minds?

      Or are you just unable to distinguish between sincerity and hypocrisy?

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