Bowing As A Sign of Reverence At Holy Communion

19 Aug

In the Ordinary Form Mass of The Roman Rite of The Catholic Church, since people usually stand to receive the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity Of Jesus Christ, communicants have been instructed to do a Profound Bow as a Gesture of Devotion to The Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity Of Jesus Christ.
This, BTW, is also a Byzantine Rite Practice, both Catholic and Orthodox.

It was said that in Cardinal Ottaviani’s Letter (The Ottaviani Intervention) regarding the New Mass, that the Roman Rite as we knew it, has been destroyed. The Ordinary Form of The Mass, is a Polyglot of Reformation Protestant and Byzantine Catholic Elements. But, unlike the Sacred Beauty of The Byzantine Catholic Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, the Ordinary Form Mass has no real “Kick” to it. The Offertory in both the Tridentine Latin Mass and the Byzantine Catholic Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, both anticipate the Sacrifice at the Consecration. The current Offertory is only the Offering of a Passover Table Prayer. In both the Tridentine and Byzantine Catholic Forms, prayers for Forgiveness of Sins of The Priest and Faithful are offered in the Offertory Prayers. This is Not the case in The Ordinary Form Mass.

The Roman(Latin)Rite Custom is Kneeling for Holy Communion and that is done at the Tridentine Latin Mass. The option to Kneel for Holy Communion is Faithfully Exercised, in The Ordinary Form Mass, at St. Agnes R C Church on East 43rd Street in Midtown, Manhattan, where Venerable Archbishop Fulton J Sheen used to preach his Good Friday Homilies. St. Agnes is a Well Known Latin Mass Parish.

Cardinal Ottaviani was right as the Ordinary Form Mass marked a Striking Departure from the Theology of The Mass, particularly as a Sacrifice. This Ordinary Form Mass is also used by the Evangelical Lutheran Church In America, the Broad Church Episcopalians and the Methodists. Sadly, since the De Emphasis on The Eucharist as a Sacrifice, instituting instead the “Group Meal” Theory, has caused a drop in the Belief of The Corporeal Real Presence of Christ in The Eucharist. Adding Holy Communion In The Hand to that “Group Meal Theory” & the Belief in The Real Presence is at an All Time Low.

Domine Non Sum Dignus!

M

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