[quote=jlw]Right. The GIRM does give instructions to remain standing before and after (why, I’m not sure, but…) recieving the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Our Lord, but does not say that we MUST stand or MUST kneel when actually recieving Him.
The GIRM does not say to stand after we receive Communion. Quite the opposite in fact. In GIRM #43:
“…They should, however, sit while the readings before the Gospel and the responsorial Psalm are proclaimed and for the homily and while the Preparation of the Gifts at the Offertory is taking place; and, as circumstances allow, they may sit or kneel while the period of sacred silence after Communion is observed…”
The GIRM does indeed say we must stand when receiving Communion in paragraph #160. It even says that if we don’t, we are to receive catechesis on the reasons for following this norm or standard.
"The priest then takes the paten or ciborium and goes to the communicants, who, as a rule, approach in a procession.
The faithful are not permitted to take the consecrated bread or the sacred chalice by themselves and, still less, to hand them from one to another. The norm for reception of Holy Communion in the dioceses of the United States is standing. Communicants should not be denied Holy Communion because they kneel. Rather, such instances should be addressed pastorally, by providing the faithful with proper catechesis on the reasons for this norm…"
It’s downright sad how some suggest that if Holy Communion cannot be denied because they kneel, then it’s OK to kneel. Hogwash. That’s not what the GIRM says, and those that say it does are doing nothing but placing their idea of what is “best” ahead of what the Church actually directs as shown above.