Receiving Holy communion kneeling at the altar/communion rail or standing in line?


#1

If you have received communion both ways which one takes longer: Receiving communion at the altar/communion rail or standing in line?


#2

I couldn’t really answer your poll.

I’ve only recieved at the communion rail once, but it did seem to go more quickly than communion in a line/standing.


#3

I’ve experienced both but I the church with the rail was much smaller than any of the churches I’ve been to where I’ve stood to receive. I really wasn’t able to estimate the time differerence.


#4

At my old Episcopal church, the altar rail seemed to go a tad faster than standing.
Much more reverent, at least.


#5

I’ve never received at an altar rail. How does receiving the Precious Blood work at at altar rail?


#6

It’s about the same. They usually don’t give the cup when communion is received at the altar rail, so in that way, it would actually be quicker.


#7

I can’t really compare the two. The only time I receive at a Communion rail is at our indult TLM, and that is much smaller than Mass at my parish (probably 5X more people). I will say that receiving at a rail always takes less time than I expect it to.


#8

[quote=GloriaPatri4]I’ve experienced both but I the church with the rail was much smaller than any of the churches I’ve been to where I’ve stood to receive. I really wasn’t able to estimate the time differerence.
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GloriaPatri4’

I am pre Vatican II and I can tell you that kneeling at the rail takes far less time than standing even with only one priest distributing the Blessed Sacrament. Think about it, there is a pause after each communicant while the next in line steps forward. Not so at the altar rail. The priest moves right along to the next communicant.

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