Thankfully, I encountered the traditional Tridentine Latin Mass (TLM), where everyone receives the Eucharist on the tongue while kneeling at the communion rail. My first experience to receive this way elevated a sense of reverence in me that spoke volumes to my heart, and I quickly found myself wanting to receive our Lord only in this way. It was a matter of personal preference for me, and at the time, I still viewed communion on the hand as an acceptable personal choice, mainly because the Church allows it. Then one day, I heard from others that communion on the tongue is the Church's preferred way of receiving the Eucharist, and that it is the universal norm of the Church. Not only that, but I heard derogatory views about receiving the Lord in the hand. When I heard this, I thought to myself, "But almost every Catholic I know who doesn't partake in the the Tridentine Mass receives Him on the hand." The notion that so many Catholics are doing something other than what the Church prefers and has instituted as the norm greatly disturbed me. Naturally, I was compelled to research this matter more in-depth.
To my utmost surprise, my research has led me to change my whole perspective on this topic. Initially, I thought that since the Church allows Communion on the hand, this whole topic is a matter of individual preference. Instead, my research has led me to the conclusion that everyone should be receiving the Eucharist kneeling and on the tongue. I no longer see this topic as being about personal preference. Instead, it is about the sacredness of the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Christ truly present in the Eucharist, and why we need to receive him in the most reverent way possible (kneeling and on the tongue) while protecting Him against profanation and irreverence.
One of the proponents of restoring Communion on the tongue while kneeling is Bishop Athanasius Schneider, the author of "Dominus Est - It is the Lord!" This courageous liturgical specialist, who is carrying on a rearguard fight against “abuses” in the Church, has taught me that the Eucharist is the heart of the Church, and when Her heart is weak, so too is Her body. I take this to heart because I know it to be true, and this is why I am committed to helping him and others on their crusade to restore the sacredness of the Eucharist.
I am no theologian or liturgical specialist, and this is why I rely on those of much better knowledge and experience on this matter. There are many great sources that support why we need to stop the practice of receiving the most holy Eucharist on the hand, but I have chosen a well documented video series done by Michael Voris of ChurchMilitantTV called, "Sleight of Hand: Deception Reception."
This thirteen segment series is the best I have seen regarding this matter because of the extensive research by the ChurchMilitantTV team. In this thirteen series production, you will learn the real reason why communion-in-the-hand has been so widely pushed and accepted and what the Popes have said about this abuse. The thesis of this production is that the practice of “Reception on the Hand” was never supported, encouraged or promulgated by Rome but came as an act of disobedience from renegade prelates which dismissed the real presence of our Lord in the Eucharist. The indult for this practice of reception in the hand was received on June 17, 1977 and came against the wishes of Pope Paul VI and based on a lie promulgated by senior prelates that told Pope Paul VI that a “prevailing custom” was present and that it could not be overcome. While receiving our Lord in our hand is not intrinsically evil, it is by all accounts dangerous, and has no mechanism to guard against profanation.
I implore everyone reading this to watch this series with an open mind, as I did. With great confidence, I know its truth will speak for itself. In the end, we can no longer claim ignorance. Instead, we will be faced with the decision to follow the Truth or cling to our individual preference.
I will feature each of the 13 episodes in future posts. The following are the names of each episode, along with the link to each of them (as they are posted):
13 Segments of "Communion in Hand":
- Don't Blame Vatican II (When did the Church begin allowing Our Lord to be received in the hand of lay people?)
- Papal Preference: Pt. 1 (What does Pope Francis and previous Popes prefer?)
- Papal Preference: Pt. 2 (Was this Peter's Idea?)
- Mysterium Fedei (The document Mysterium Fidei, an Apostolic Exhortation, is of great importance.)
- Where Faith Goes Actions Soon Follow (What knock-on effect happens when we receive in the hand? And is this a good thing?)
- Communion in the Hand Begins: Pt. 1 (Learn the history behind this practice.)
- Communion in the Hand Begins: Pt. 2_ (Learn the history behind this practice.)
- Memoriale Domini: Pt. 1 (How did Pope Paul VI try to stop communion in the hand?)
- Memoriale Domini: Pt. 2_ (How did Pope Paul VI try to stop communion in the hand?)
- NCCB Meeting (Sleight of hand . . . behind closed doors? Smoking gun in Chicago)
- Conditions for Permission (If communion in the hand is allowed, when is it allowed?)
- Every Particle is Precious (Every particle is Christ and needs to be protected against profanation)
- Bishop Athanasius Schneider (A true champion of Eucharistic reverence!)