Page 4, 24th August 1979

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Page 4, 24th August 1979 — Communion under both kinds

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Locations: Oxford


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Communion under both kinds

I should like to comment on Dorn Benet Clines's letter (August 3) about Holy Communion being distributed under both kinds of all Masses.

If the clergy were to "be commended to allow Communion under both kinds of all Masses" would not the best way be to distribute the Precious Blood. under the form of wine, by means of a small spoon as the Orthodox Churches do? This would dispel any need for or worry about, the Laity "helping themselves" from sacred vessels left on tables and, in my view. would rekindle a greater sense of respect for the Sacrament and awe and wonder at this unique and beautiful privilege of Sacramental Communion with the Lord. given us by Christ himself whether administered by priest, deacon or lay minister,

As for it (Communion under both kinds) taking longer I do not think that should bother us. I think it is time that we started taking some more time over the celebration of Holy Mass, especially Sunday Mass. I am fed up or going to Mass at 8 am and it being all over by 8.15 am.

Personally, the more people cornmunicaling al Mass and the longer it takes (especially Sunday Mass) the happier I am. The sight of a large number of people going forward to communicate with God, to receive His Hods and Wood, thrills me and makes me happy for the rest of the day especially if it is done slowly and with great dignity and respect.

James V. Gallagher Maida Vale, London W9


One of the headlines in your letter page of August 10th was "When can we have a celibate laity'?" But there is one. It is called secular institutes. Members take a vow of chastity.

(Rev) Gerard M. Corr, D.S.M. St. Philip's Priory, Begbroke, Oxford.

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