I recently asked my priest, via email, if during weekday masses I could put a kneeler up front so that I may receive Holy Communion on my knees. (I didn’t want to disrupt the larger weekend masses, but only a handful of people attend weekday masses.) Within 24hrs he responded with a statement that said that the norm was to stand and he would send me a handout in the mail. Within a few days I received this in the mail.
The handout, titled “The Posture of the People at Mass”, highlights the proper posture for each part of the mass, stating specifically “When Receiving Holy Communion - STAND”. This statement has a footnote reference which states:
The norm for the reception of communion is standing. Communicants should not be denied Holy Communion because they kneel. Rather, such instances should be addressed by providing the communicant with a catechesis on the reason for the norm.
In response to this handout and footnote, I have attempted to research the reason for the norm and have been unable to find anything. I sent another email to my priest requesting this catechesis with no response. After a week, I sent another email requesting this catechesis. Again, no response.
So, can someone please provide me with the “reason for the norm”. I don’t want to debate the stand vs. kneel and hand vs. tongue arguments. I simply want the “reason for the norm”. Simply having everyone do the same thing does really work as a reason, because there are options in the mass for doing different things (i.e. - hand vs. tongue, hold hand/orans posture/etc).
Again, please refrain from the arguments about stand vs. kneel or hand vs. tongue.