Friday, April 29, 2011

Communion in the Hand verses Communion on the Tongue

I prefer Communion on the Tongue.  I don't have consecrated hadn worthy to touch the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of My Saviour, but Rome has approved reception in the hand.  So I am not about to suggest that all Catholics must receive communion on the tongue.  It's just my personal choice to do so, even though Rome says either way is acceptable.  I would prefer to receive it kneeling, but without a communion rail (most of the churchesin Toronto don't have one) kneeling is pretty tough.

Rome has also said that Women need not cover their heads during the EF of the Mass, although it was a requirement when the EF was the only Form.  The Vatican relaxed the rules for attending mass, and it states that it is not requred at either Form.  I prefer to wear a mantilla, not only at the EF but also the OF.  Not because I am more pious, or better, or because St. Paul said so.  Actually, I think it is right, because well, of our Jewish brothers.  In the Jewish synogogue, men cover their heads as a sign that God is above them. 

Corinthian 11: 13-19
13 Judge for yourselves: is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head unveiled? 14 Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair, it is degrading to him, 15 but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering. 16 But if anyone is disposed to be contentious--we have no such custom, nor do the churches of God.

Styles have changed.. It is not disgraceful for a man to have long hair ( heck look at beethoven and Mozart) and women no longer have long hair.  Styles have changed,  And Paul said we are free to decide for ourselves. I choose yes, usually,except that Frodo keeps pulling it off my head so, lately I've gone without.

But what do I know?

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Scripture to keep in mind

Six things there are, which the Lord hateth, and the seventh his soul detesteth: [17] Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, [18] A heart that deviseth wicked plots, feet that are swift to run into mischief, [19]A deceitful witness that uttereth lies, and him that soweth discord among brethren. [20] My son, keep the commandments of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother. ***Cf:Douay-Rheims Proverbs 6: 16-20

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