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Reverence in receiving Holy Communion

Now just to get concrete here at the end, beginning next school year, (that means beginning in the Fall of [2017]) I’m going to ask that we move together towards greater reverence when receiving Holy Communion. I’m going to ask that people be encouraged to receive Communion on the tongue and kneeling.

There is no question that Communion on the tongue is more reverent. And it doesn’t lend itself to a casual kind of behavior. I’m going to ask, beginning in the Fall, that our students are taught to receive Communion on the tongue. Now, there’s still the option, I can’t take the option away. If you want to receive in the hand, receive in the hand. But, I want to encourage reverence and I hope all of you and my brother priests will work with me on that.

(Bishop Robert C. Morlino’s Homily at the Chrism Mass, Tuesday, April 11, 2017)