Friday, March 19, 2010
Liturgical Innovations at St Mary Magdalen's
Our nave aisle is terribly narrow, people can only come up to Holy Communion in single file, it takes an awful long time to distribute Holy Communion to a couple of hundred people.
People felt rushed, elderly parishioners wobble when they get to the end of the queue. A few weeks ago a woman walking up didn't quite judge when to stop and almost fell on me and would of knocked the ciborium out of my hand if it wasn't against my chest.
I also had a conversation with a young couple who asked if ther was a way they and their child could receive Holy Communion together occassionally, the only thing I could suggest was going to the TLM, they did, then they asked why they couldn't do so at the Ordinary Form.
So the innovation: instead of forming a queue I have suggested people form a line across the sanctuary at the step. It seems to work, people have a little time to arrange and recollect themselves before and after receiving. Some of the younger members of the congregation have started to kneel for Holy Communion and families can receive together. Distribution in this manner also gives a slightly deeper sense that Holy Communion is an "ecclessial act" involving the Church as community.
Posted by Fr Ray Blake