|Please Reverend Fathers, may we have one of these?|
The" Come and Get Him" approach, whereby if you do not open your hands to receive the Lord, the priest or EM simply stands there holding the Sacred Host, and you have to go after the Host with your mouth. What's up with that?
The "Hurry Up and Open Your Mouth" approach, whereby the priest or EM attempts to shove the Host in your mouth before you can say "Amen". What's the hurry?
The "What Do You Mean You Don't Receive in the Hand" approach, whereby the priest or more likely the EM attempts to shove the Host in your closed hands. See, that's why my mouth is open and my hands are folded upright, because I don't want to receive in the hand.
The "Frisbee" approach, one of the worst of all, whereby the priest or EM attempts to hurl the Host into your mouth so their fingers don't have to go anywhere near it. This is especially dangerous when there is no altar server nearby with a paten.
It is so much easier to administer Holy Communion to someone who is kneeling. I heard the characteristic "plink" sound the other morning when the Eucharist fell onto the paten (thankfully, and not on the floor). That almost never happens at the TLM because we kneel.
If the Holy Father will only administer Holy Communion on the tongue to the kneeling communicant, why, oh why has he not made this same provision for the rest of us? Would it be asking too much to have a prie dieu set out, in those churches lacking an altar rail, for those of us who wish to receive on the tongue but don't want to risk the Sacred Host being dropped on the floor? Or, how about inviting those of us who wish to receive kneeling to come forward at the very end of the line, so we don't inconvenience those who are on a 60 minute time-limit and can't spare an extra second in church?