Last updated on September 9, 2020
An unfortunate Tweet from a Friend was sent to Cleveland TLM Friends today. Our Friend stated that a local, Novus Ordo parish issued a letter to parishioners. The letter stated that Holy Communion on the tongue would be denied, apparently as the parish re-opens in the midst of coronavirus hysteria.
In 2009, during the time of the H1N1 pandemic, the Congregation for Divine Worship responded to a letter sent to them about this very sort of thing. Do the Faithful have a right to receive Communion on the tongue? Its likely that this letter was written because some ecclesiastical authority threatened to deny the local Faithful the right to receive Our Blessed Lord on the tongue. In no uncertain terms, the CDW answered that the Faithful could not be denied the right to receive the Holy Eucharist on the tongue. Their answer derived not only from Catholic Tradition, but from Pope John Paul II’s Redemptionis Sacramentum.
And this letter is not the only sed contra against this scandalous impiety offending the ears of the Faithful. While its not ordinarily within the scope of Cleveland TLM Friends to offer any commentary on the Novus Ordo Mass and/or its rubrics, justice and charity [to Our Lord] affords it this one time. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) states in No. 160:
When receiving Holy Communion, the communicant bows his or her head before the Sacrament as a gesture of reverence and receives the Body of the Lord from the minister. The consecrated host may be received either on the tongue or in the hand, at the discretion of each communicant. When Holy Communion is received under both kinds, the sign of reverence is also made before receiving the Precious Blood.
Its very important to take note of that line: the discretion of each communicant. At the risk of being Captain Obvious, it does not say the discretion of the pastor or bishop.
Ultimately, Cleveland TLM Friends does not recommend mitigating, or even battling new ideas like this. We advocate that those who find liturgical abuse too much to tolerate anymore simply make their way to our TLM Finder and experience The Most Beautiful Thing This Side of Heaven, where there is never abuse, always Communion on the tongue, and the freedom to express your Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Faith. The weeds will wither away as the lilies grow in the field without much difficulty.