Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Silence after Communion

43. The faithful . . . as circumstances allow . . . may sit or kneel while the period of sacred silence after Communion is observed.
General Instruction of the Roman Missal

Attending Mass this summer in Honolulu, Peaks Island, Syracuse, Albany, I noticed that this period of silence is often briefly or not at all observed. And even where some of the faithful kneel upon returning to their place after receiving Communion, they always get up and sit when the priest returns to his chair, presumably for his period of sacred silence. I am the only person who stands while Communion is being distributed and then kneels when the priest comes back to his chair. It would be better if the priest also knelt during the period of sacred silence, as he is apparently allowed to do by the General Instruction.


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