Why would a person enter the Communion line but not receive Communion?


#1

For the first time I can remember I saw a little girl at Mass go up for Communion but cross her arms over her chest. What does the priest say to this individual?


#2

The posture of approaching the priest with arms crossed over the chest is commonly understood to be a request for a blessing rather than for Communion. I suspect that the child you saw was too young for Communion and her parents had taught her how to request a blessing instead. The priest gives a blessing to a person who approaches him this way.


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