Essay on Communion in the hand

This Easter, all else being equal, I will be confirmed in the Catholic Church. Because the prospect of first communion is now before me, I must make a decision on whether to receive communion in the hand or, as is traditional, on the tongue, both options being licit in the United States. In this essay, prepared over the last two years and titled Domine, non sum dignus, I weigh the options and explain my decision.

On March 18th, 2012, the feast of St. Cyril of Jerusalem

Comments (3)

  1. Rich Horton wrote::

    Hi Simon, a very nice and thoughtful essay. It is quite impressive work actually.

    Regarding the apparent contradictions in Canons 58 and 101 of the Constantinople coucils, I wouldn’t be surprised if over time “ab se” (by himself) became “ad se” (to himself). Thus the orginal could have said “None of those who are in the order of laymen may distribute the Divine Mysteries BY himself if a bishop, presbyter, or deacon be present.” This has the benefit of being A) Entirely consistent with Church teaching, and B) gets rid of the awkward “distribute to himself” wording which just sounds odd, even for an early Church council.

    I will add if the Latin text (which I don’t have access to) DOES presently read “ad se” then my guess at a corruption of the text is likely as “per se” would have been a better way to say “to himself”.

    Thanks for posting this. I pray your Easter will be truly joyous.

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 12:08 pm #
  2. Glen wrote::

    Very impressive

    Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 7:39 am #
  3. Nkanyezi wrote::

    I began my ministry at a mieudm-size alive Baptist church. In college I enjoyed the First Baptist Church of Knoxville, Tennessee. Charley Trentham was the pastor. He had gone to Carson-Newman College where I was preparing to serve the church. There was more than a thousand people in worship, preaching on television, all kinds of ministries. Dr. Trentham helped me serve as student pastor of prayer. I thought God would enable me to serve as pastor of a church like First Church in Knoxville.I prepared well. Reading all kinds of books, praying much, growing in faith. I earned a bunch of degrees. I waited patiently. I served many types and sizes of churches. Today I am helping a dead church celebrate a godly funeral, remembering the joys of their past and holding their hands as more people die or just leave.I have lived 80 per cent of my life, never earning much money as a pastor. I cannot imagine doing anything else. First Baptist Church in Knoxville is NBA churchball.My current church is pick-up neighborhood churchball with no stars on our team.I pray God will view my commitment as real. JUst think that one never knows where God will lead any person called by God to play churchball anywhere. I don’t see the meaning, purpose, or whys I have been led to keep serving even though I have been hurt by churches and those who are in charge of it.I’d like to live my last days just preaching around sharing my faith as minister of joy to the world. Or perhaps just be a fan in some established happy congregation like I remember First Baptist Church in Knoxville.

    Friday, June 8, 2012 at 2:45 am #