Fr Z has two interesting items up today on what might be the next step in the Holy Father's 'Marshall Plan' for the liturgy, namely encouraging people to kneel and receive on the tongue:
He reports that at the mass for Corpus Christi, the Pope gave Communion only on the tongue only, to people kneeling on a kneeler set up before him.
In Australia, of course, the bishops have just legislated in the opposite direction, with the new GIRM saying:
"In Australia, standing is the commonest posture for receiving Holy Communion. The customary manner of reception is recommended to be followed by all...".
Certainly the leaflet introducing the latest round of changes (a bow before receiving, and more standing) clearly implies that all should stand, and makes absolutely no mention of the right to receive kneeling:
Of course, it is noteworthy that the Chairman of the Bishop's Liturgy Committee, Archbishop Coleridge, has acknowledged the right of those who wish to receive kneeling in his own recent pastoral letter, albeit without much encouragement or enthusiasm for the practice:
"If it has been their custom, it is also acceptable for people to genuflect or even kneel (with due consideration for the safety of those coming behind in the procession)."
Perhaps the Holy Father's example will prompt a bit of a rethink on this?
Perhaps we should organise large groups to attend a novus ordo mass or two and set an example in the hope that others might follow?
And while we are on rethinks, those of us attached to the extraordinary form, of course celebrated Corpus Christi yesterday - along with the Pope. Those following the Ordinary Form in Australia (and many other places) have to wait until Sunday for this great feast.
Given that it was originally implemented to help reinforce reverence for the Real Presence, something so sorely lacking in our day, perhaps the bishops should think about moving the celebration of this feast at least back to its proper day, and even making it a Holy Day of Obligation?