Using Altar Rail Makes Mass More Reverent – and Speeds Up Communion

An interesting article on the Southern Orders blog:

The Church in the article recently installed an altar rail which they use for their occasional Traditional Latin Masses. The pastor Fr. MacDonald also tried using it at an Ordinary Form (regular vernacular liturgy) Sunday Mass and found that most people voluntarily knelt to take communion (even though they had the option to receive standing)

Also the time it took to communicate people was actually faster, even though only 2 ministers (the priest and a deacon) were administering communion, compared to 4 ministers when they administer in the usual single file method.

Most importantly there was an increased sense of reverence. The saying “the way we worship is the way we believe” (lex orandi lex credendi) seems to be demonstrated here. Read the whole article.

This touches on a pet peeve of mine. I wish more parishes would make provisions to make it easier for those wishing to receive kneeling and on the tongue to do so. Especially as we get older it is sometimes difficult for some to kneel on a floor and get up without anything to hold on to. Would it be too much to ask to have a kneeler (prie-dieu) available for this purpose?


About lewistoncatholic

A new resident of the City of Lewiston Maine. My family moved here from Massachusetts. A lifelong Catholic that fell away from the Church in my teens and came back in 1999 after a journey through various Protestant faith traditions.
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