.- Spanish Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera recently recommended that Catholics receive Communion on the tongue, while kneeling.
âIt is to simply know that we are before God himself and that He came to us and that we are undeserving,â the prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments said in an interview with CNA during his visit to Lima, Peru.
The cardinalâs remarks came in response to a question on whether Catholics should receive Communion in the hand or on the tongue.
He recommended that Catholics âreceive Communion on the tongue and while kneeling.â
Receiving Communion in this way, the cardinal continued, âis the sign of adoration that needs to be recovered. I think the entire Church needs to receive Communion while kneeling.â
âIn fact,â he added, âif one receives while standing, a genuflection or profound bow should be made, and this is not happening.â
âIf we trivialize Communion, we trivialize everything, and we cannot lose a moment as important as that of receiving Communion, of recognizing the real presence of Christ there, of the God who is the love above all loves, as we sing in a hymn in Spanish.â
In response to a question about the liturgical abuses that often occur, Cardinal Canizares said they must be âcorrected, especially through proper formation: formation for seminarians, for priests, for catechists, for all the Christian faithful.â
Such a formation should ensure that liturgical celebrations take place âin accord with the demands and dignity of the celebration, in accord with the norms of the Church, which is the only way we can authentically celebrate the Eucharist,â he added.
âBishops have a unique responsibilityâ in the task of liturgical formation and the correction of abuses, the cardinal said, âand we must not fail to fulfill it, because everything we do to ensure that the Eucharist is celebrated properly will ensure proper participation in the Eucharist.â