Since I was taught to go to Communion when I was small, (kneeling and COTT btw,) I’ve noticed a troubling trend in the way people get in line to approach the Eucharist.
This thread is not any sort of attempt at sarcasm, irony, or satire. I actually get distracted by this, even though I don’t try to. It’s right there in front of my face so unless I close my eyes, hello! :eek:
Here it is. When I was taught to receive Holy Communion, the nuns made a huge deal out of the way we walked. We were to remain straight and rigid, moving forward gently but precisely when it came time to move forward. When they looked at us second graders from either the front or the back, everyone’s head was in a straight line, as we stayed perfectly lined up at all moments.
Now, I cannot get that same experience. When I am in a Communion line, people waddle from side to side more than they move forward. The result is that there is a disorganized movement of heads back and forth which looks, to people with training like what I had, as very careless and sloppy. Instead of Catholics lined up as soldiers to receive their spiritual meal, they look like fish circling or something
I’m not judging their internals, and I don’t think there should be a church rule about it. I just wish more parish priests would speak up, and/or people would take it more seriously to begin with. I’m not even sure if my kids were taught to keep their head from bobbing side-to-side in preparation for First Communion, but they all know my opinion about it and I hold them to a higher standard.