Kneeling as a symbol
It hit me very strongly how taking Holy Communion on one's knees is a strong and undeniable symbol of a Church teaching. I reiterate again so many obviously do not know this dogma.
We know that we cannot enter into the state of the grace that sanctifies by our own efforts. We enter into this state by the condescension of God. If sincerely try and are penitent, He like the priest giving us the Holies of Holies, the communion wafer, leans over us and enters into a Holy Communion with out souls. So when I communicate I try through Confession, penitence and satisfaction or reparation, to present myself in a state not just of grace but a full charity in working hard spiritually in loving God and others as He is about to love me. There is no charity in us if as we take the bread if we are not cognizant of the effect our state is on the sacrifice of the parish community and the ecclesiastical sacrifice of the church. Now being aware of this viewpoint, undeniable due to the prayer, "Please Lord accept the sacrifice from your hands for the Glory of God, our good (the Parish) and the good of all the Church (ecclesiastical unity)" how will take your next communion? Will it be Charitable and truly holy? So as the Priest looms over the kneeling communicant he is Christ looming over us coming to fill us with His presence. Of course He will if we are truly suitable and presentable to His Father.
One more item, I hear so many times the Eucharist is the sacrament of thanksgiving. Thanksgiving in our lives denotes or symbolizes a harvest celebration. When we take communion are we good wheat, or are we chaff blown every which way with puffs of wind, or are we perhaps the tares, now the harvest is done, to be burned and discarded
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