I stopped by the Cathedral (my parish) yesterday afternoon, hoping for a quiet place to pray. However, it was a nuthouse–first communion practice. So I sat in the back and watched. The teacher was running the kids through their steps, lining them up, setting them down, showing them their places in the pews, and so on. Our rector came in to talk about the meaning of the communion itself, and then conducted a practice with unconsecrated hosts. All the kids were lined up and the first kid approached him, hands out to receive, as I’m sure he’d been taught in class. The rector said, “for your first Holy Communion, you will receive on the tongue. This is the normal way that we receive Communion.” He then proceeded to demonstrate exactly what he expected them to do. Priceless.
The kids went from rowdy to silent in a second.
God bless our holy priests!