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Old Jul 11, '08, 11:40 am
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Default Crossed Arms in Holy Communion line

This morning while viewing the Daily Mass on EWTN I noticed that several people in line approached the Priest who was distributing Holy Communion with their arms crossed in front of them.

The Priest touched their heads with the Sign of the Cross, but they did not receive Holy Communion.

I don't understand this. What took place?
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Old Jul 11, '08, 11:43 am
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People were presenting themselves tot he celebrant for a blessing because, for whatever reason they were disposed to receive the Blessed Sacrament.
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Old Jul 11, '08, 11:53 am
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Our pre-Communion kids do that in this Parish and it is a lovely sight to see. My daughter lines up with me and goes ahead of me to receive her blessing. It gets them used to the Communion line and hey, gets them used to going to the Priest instead of the EMHC's. Now let the bashing begin........
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Old Jul 11, '08, 11:54 am
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The crossed arms signifies that the person is not properly disposed to receive communion for whatever reason and wishes to receive a blessing instead. Possible reasons might be that the person is in an invalid marriage, is not Catholic, didn't meet the fasting requirements, and the like.

Now that was WHAT was happening. Whether or not you SHOULD have seen it happening is another matter altogether.

Years ago the good sisters taught us that if we were in line and then realized we shouldn't be receiving communion then crossed arms or a quick shaking of the head was the way to quietly avoid receiving. Now days a priest will sometimes suggest such a blessing in the case of weddings, funerals, and other events that may have a large percentage of non-Catholics or Catholics who are not in good standing with the Church. It is also common for those who haven't made their First Communion, especially young children, to request a blessing.
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Old Jul 11, '08, 11:56 am
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Our pre-Communion kids do that in this Parish and it is a lovely sight to see. My daughter lines up with me and goes ahead of me to receive her blessing. It gets them used to the Communion line and hey, gets them used to going to the Priest instead of the EMHC's. Now let the bashing begin........

I think that is a great idea. (crossed arms).
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Old Jul 11, '08, 12:14 pm
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out of curiousity (as I'm working up to going up in the communion line for a blessing, I currently pray while everyone else goes up as I am just in the beginning stages of my conversion) how are their arms crossed?

I always keep my head bowed in prayer while everyone else goes up. Under different circumstances, I probably would peek, but I truly do enjoy my time of prayer while the communicants go up...
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Old Jul 11, '08, 1:27 pm
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We did this when I was in RCIA - we were told to go up with everyone else for communion, but just to cross our arms for a blessing instead.

I do have a question though for Fergal or anyone else who can answer it. I noticed you said it gets them used to going to the priest - is only the priest supposed to give a blessing?

Our little college parish was small enough that it didn't really matter.
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Only a priest can give a blessing like that.
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Old Jul 11, '08, 1:34 pm
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our pastor has several times reminded the congregation that this is NOT part of the Communion rite, and the proper time to receive a blessing is with the entire congregation at the final blessing.
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Old Jul 11, '08, 1:36 pm
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Thank you to all those who responded to my query. I have seen little children go in line with their arms crossed and suspected this was because they were too young to receive yet; but, I had never seen an adult do this until today.

Thank you so much.
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Only a priest can give a blessing like that.
Only a priest or a deacon, and it should not happen anyway. Blessings at that point are not part of the liturgy.
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Only a priest or a deacon, and it should not happen anyway. Blessings at that point are not part of the liturgy.
Sorry, you are right, deacons as well. Also, I was merely addressing the "who", not the "where"...mainly because I was unaware of the "blessing in the Communion line", and just threw in my about who could do blessings.

Note, however, this does not negate parental blessings, which are still valid.
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Old Jul 11, '08, 2:04 pm
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We did this when I was in RCIA - we were told to go up with everyone else for communion, but just to cross our arms for a blessing instead.

I do have a question though for Fergal or anyone else who can answer it. I noticed you said it gets them used to going to the priest - is only the priest supposed to give a blessing?

Our little college parish was small enough that it didn't really matter.
Yes. I have seen however the EMHC's taking it upon themselves to 'bless' the children who ended up in their lines.

I have even seen....... ........seen............ .....a EMHC give Benediction.. .. with the Host over the head of a child.

Only Priests can bless and only Priests can give Benediction.
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It depends on the priest. The rector of my parish will give a blessing, but I think one of the newly ordained priests at another nearby parish won't.
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out of curiousity (as I'm working up to going up in the communion line for a blessing, I currently pray while everyone else goes up as I am just in the beginning stages of my conversion) how are their arms crossed?
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It's the same gesture as for "love" in the "I love you" sign. That is, left hand on the right shoulder, right hand on the left shoulder, crossed in an "x" shape at the wrists.
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