It is a legend that hand communion goes back to the first century. It comes much more from the devilish schismatic of Geneva, John Calvin. -kreuz.net
(kreuz.net) The current form of hand communion stems from the Calvinists.
This is what Auxiliary Bishop Athanasius Schneider (50) of Astana in Kazakhstan said at the end of October for the videosite 'gloria.tv'.
"That was an abuse"
Calvinist self-communion was introduced in the 1960s by decadent Catholic Communities in the Netherlands.
This step happened in disobedience to ecclesiastical rules -- Msgr Schneider stressed: "That was an abuse and the Holy See forbid it in the 1960s."
Finally Paul VI († 1978) addressed hand communion in the Document 'Memoriale Domini' in May 1969 with a "heavy heart":
"In this document the Church said that this form is an exception and that kneeling Communion would remain the rule."
At hand communion the people would take the Host with their fingers and put it in their mouths themselves: "this particular gesture has never taken place in the history of the Church, never."
It was a kind of self communion.
The Lutherans adapted themselves to the Catholics
Msgr Schneider recalled the Episcopal Synod of October 2005 on the Eucharist.
During a recess Msgr Schneider asked an attending Norwegian Lutheran "Bishop" how his community gave the Lord's Supper.
The Lutheran answered that the Norwegian State Church had, up until about ten years ago, been giving supper only kneeling and on the tongue. Yet the influence of decadent Roman Catholics has caused hand communion to be introduced.
The Auxiliary Bishop asks that hand communion be prayed and worked against:
"We must deeply desire that this form of current hand communion, which has never been practiced in the Church, be abolished" -- he said with feeling.
Handcommunion is a minimal form of reverence. On the contrary, the Church ought never to be satisfied with minimalism.
Particles of Host on the floor
Msgr Schneider warned that giving hand communion will cause many particles to be lost.
The Hosts are often flaky.
The particles could also adhere to the fingers or remain on the
palm. They would fall on the ground and be trampled.
In Kazakhstan, according to the Auxiliary Bishop, Communion is only given kneeling and on the tongue.
"It so often happens to me and also to other priests, that there are a few particles on the paten."
Without Communion patens, these particles would fall on the floor or in the clothing of the people.
Msgr Schneider also warned that hand communion simplifies the theft of Hosts as well.
Link to kreuz.net...
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