Brothers and Sisters:
Please send the following to Bishop Tod Brown of Orange and present this to Fr. Tran of St. Mary’s by the Sea:
**Kneeling in the Mass **
*In some dioceses the faithful are still being told that they must stand at various times during the Mass when they are accustomed to kneeling by the liturgical tradition of the Roman Rite, by universal law, or are moved by devotion. They are told to do this for the sake of unity, and it is sometimes stated, or strongly implied, that they are disobedient if they do not. These occasions include: when an entire parish or diocese unlawfully institutes an adaptation at some point in the Mass, such as standing at the Consecration, or, when a bishop lawfully establishes a particular norm for his diocese to stand after the Agnus Dei (as permitted by GIRM 43), or, when a parish or diocese insists that everyone must stand after their Communion until all have received, and similar instances. See Authority in the Liturgy for some general legal principles.
The below letter from the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments clarifies the obligation of the faithful in such circumstances. *
Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Chairman of the Bishops Committee on the Liturgy, received the following clarification concerning the right interpretation of the “General Instruction of the Roman Missal” on the posture of the faithful from their own reception of Communion until the period of sacred silence after all Communions have been received (at which time they may sit or kneel as they prefer).
*Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
5 June 2003
Prot. n. 855/03/L
Dubium: In many places, the faithful are accustomed to kneeling or sitting in personal prayer upon returning to their places after having individually received Holy Communion during Mass. Is it the intention of the Missale Romanum , editio typica tertia, to forbid this practice?
Responsum: Negative, et ad mentem. The mens is that the prescription of the Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani, no. 43, is intended, on one hand, to ensure within broad limits a certain uniformity of posture within the congregation for the various parts of the celebration of the Holy Mass, and on the other, to not regulate posture rigidly in such a way that those who wish to kneel or sit would no longer be free.
Francis Cardinal Arinze
GIRM 42-44 on Postures
*…as circumstances allow, they may sit or kneel while the period of sacred silence after Communion is observed.
In the dioceses of the United States of America, they should kneel beginning after the singing or recitation of the Sanctus until after the Amen of the Eucharistic Prayer, except when prevented on occasion by reasons of health, lack of space, the large number of people present, or some other good reason. Those who do not kneel ought to make a profound bow when the priest genuflects after the consecration. The faithful kneel after the Agnus Dei unless the Diocesan Bishop determines otherwise.* (The last sentence moderated by Cardinal Arinze’s reply above)
Authority in the Liturgy
It is completely inconsistent with Christian charity and with their role as Shepherds of the Faithful to say that the Faithful are being proud and vainglorious and are placing their souls in peril for doing that which is specificially allowed by the Vatican and by Cardinal Arinze of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.
These people are the ones who are being vainglorious for trying to bully the faithful and telling them they may not do that which the Church has stated they may do.
This is one of the few times this forum is in a position to correct a real wrong being committed by the Bishop and Priests of the Southern California. Now do it, but just be charitable.
These people are chasing faithful people out of the Church and right into the arms of Satan. I’ve made the trip, and I’m horrified that ANY Catholic priest or Bishop would even consider the possibility of forcing any faithful Catholic to make it. We should do everything we can to make sure the Faithful these Hirelings are trying to bully out of the Church don’t.
Please post your e-mails and the replies from these two Hirelings here.
In Christ, Michael