Originally Posted by FrmrTrad
Speaking of standing, kneeling, sitting, communion, and all that, does anyone know of a book that summarizes the history of 'liturgical postures' throughout the history of the Church (including all 23 parts of the Church)?
There is no one book that covers the liturgical history of all 23 Churches. In fact, the history for several of the Churches has, unfortunately, been lost (especially that of the Indian Churches -- Syro-Malabar and Syro-Malankara).
In general, however, the Eastern Churches tend to stand for communion. For the Byzantines, in fact, there is no kneeling on Sundays at any part of the Liturgy (other than a prostration which looks like the Moslems at prayer by the priest and deacon after the consecration).
Fr. Josef Jungmann, S.J., covers some of this in his "Mass of the Roman Rite."