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Sunday, June 13, 2010
Are we allowed to receive communion on tongue? (3)
Godwin Xuereb, Fgura
I have been following the recent correspondence in The Sunday Times over the past weeks regarding the manner of receiving Holy Communion.
May I point out that, a year ago, in July 2009, the Roman Congregation for Divine Worship had forwarded the following reply (Prot. N. 655/09/L) to a query from the United Kingdom regarding the right of the faithful to receive Holy Communion on the tongue:
"This Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments wishes to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated June 22, 2009, regarding the right of the faithful to receive Holy Communion on the tongue.
"This dicastery observes that its instruction Redemptionis Sacramentum (March 25, 2004) clearly stipulates that 'each of the faithful always has the right to receive Holy Communion on the tongue' (n. 92), nor is it licit to deny Holy Communion to any of Christ's faithful who are not impeded by law from receiving the Holy Eucharist (cf. n. 91).
"The Congregation thanks you for bringing this important matter to its attention. Be assured that the appropriate contacts will be made."
I would also like to draw Z** P*******'s attention - and that of other like-minded people - to the Pro Tridentina (Malta) group and its interest in celebrating the Holy Mass in line with the 1962 edition of the ritus antiquior as recently sanctioned by Pope Benedict XVI's motu proprio. Summorum Pontificium. Our e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.