Monday, December 10, 2007

The Norm for Recieving Communion in the U.S. is to Stand

For the record here is the current teaching of the Church on the matter:

In the Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani (IGMR) for the universal Church states that "it is up to the Conference of Bishops to adapt the gestures and postures in the Order of Mass...".

The Bishops in the United States, say in IGMR 160:

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.