[quote="Pani_Rose, post:12, topic:273402"]
A young couple who were changing Rites, put it this way; our bottom line as to why we decided to request a change of Rite is this. Our children received Jesus while their mother was carring them in her womb. So why are we denying them to receive Eucharist now until our Rite says they are ready? It seems to us that Christ has already been nourishing them in His Eucharist already. We want them to be able to continue to receive Him now!
Guess that says it all!
Pani Rose - so good to see you posting here, particularly on this subject and in a way which only you can!
For me, I am so very grateful that the full rites of initiation are restored. But given that we now do not have two milestones of catechesis that exist under Roman norms (First Holy Communion and Confirmation), I do believe that the onus is now fully on parents, our catechists and our pastors to ensure that our youngsters and young adults come to their own awareness of the importance of their sacramental life in the Church.
In our parish, we are observing a First Penance for the children who are of First Holy Communion age. My youngest son is now preparing for his First Penance. Personally, I still think he is too young to fully understand this sacrament. At the same time, I am teaching 7th & 8th graders this year, and have two young men who have never experienced the sacrament of penance. It has been challenging to get these older ones to fully appreciate the importance of the sacrament as I work with them in preparation. Yet, this strikes me as a more appropriate age to attempt to do so.
BTW - I know Bishop Samra personally, and his courage and wisdom do not surprise me in the least. I applaud his efforts to restore Orthodox practices, even though it will be challenging to get all the faithful on board after years of accepting "Latinized" practices as the norm. I also trust that he will focus on the adult catechesis that will be needed to make this restoration successful in all respects.