Monday, May 23, 2011
Kneeling for Communion....please make it easy!
I was quite surprised that there was no incense but maybe that is reserved for the Italian Mass that follows. And what a pleasure to have a hymn book in my hand and not having to see things arbitrarily flashed and unflashed on a screen! We sang the Missa de Angelis as well as a couple of traditional and modern hymns - it's in the hymn book!
There was one thing that didn't work for me. The parish leaflet placed great emphasis on receiving Holy Communion kneeling and on the tongue. In fact more than a page was taken up with this and it is obviously an on-going campaign in the parish. At communion a double prie dieu covered in a cloth is dragged into the gap between the altar rails and everyone queues up in pairs and is supposed to collapse at the prie dieu and receive communion on the tongue. It was a very awkward thing to do so I remained with the minority and stood with my hands stretched out. If they had used the whole altar rail and allowed people time to kneel and compose themselves whilst the priest and deacon walked along giving communion it would have been fine. Maybe this is a lesson the former Anglicans in the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham will give us.
Incidentally, the parish has a very good Facebook page from which I took this picture of Our Lady of Sorrows.