[quote=John Lilburne]It removes some confusion. Instead of some standing, some sitting and some kneeling everyone has the same posture of standing during Communion.
That would be well and fine, except for this small fact.
Prior to these changes made by a few bishops, it was the almost-universal custom of everyone kneeling before/after receiving Holy Communion. There was no confusion! It was more prayerful, and it made people who were not receiving Communion less “conspicuous.”
Now, you have the case (as here in Indiana) where you have five dioceses with three policies on posture:
- Keeping “old way” of doing things
- Forcing everyone to stand
- Allowing each parish to decide
So now, it’s totally confusing! Our county borders two other dioceses that have different policies than our. And you still have people who kneel/sit after Communion, even though our bishop has “forbidden” the practice.
In reality, as you know, the Holy See has stated that any of these postures is legitimate for the congregation to assume after receiving Holy Communion.
[quote=John]It is closer to what the 1970 Roman Missal and 1975 Roman Missal’s had in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) n. 21. "… at every Mass the people should stand … from the prayer over the gifts to the end of Mass, except in the places indicated later in this paragraph. … They should sit … if this seems helpful, during the period of silence after communion. They should kneel at the consecration unless prevented by the lack of space, the number of people present, or some other good reason.
“But it is up to the conference of bishops to adapt the actions and postures described in the Order of the Roman Mass to the customs of the people.”
Ahhhh…but if you look at the current universal norms for Mass - minus the U.S. adaptations - you’ll see that paragraph 43of the GIRM states the following:
“Where it is the custom that the people remain kneeling from the end of the Sanctus until the end of the Eucharistic Prayer and before Communion when the priest says Ecce Agnus Dei, this is laudably retained.”
I believe “laudably retained” means “praiseworthy” (which is a good thing.)
Besides, standing before/after Communion was never a “custom of the people” for the vast, vast majority of Americans.