There is just one more item to implement
from the new GIRM: General Instruction of the Roman Missal. It is
perhaps the most important one of all.
It’s pretty simple: as you come forward to
receive communion, make a throne for the Eucharist with your hands.
When the minister holds up the Host and says, “The Body of Christ,” bow
your head and then say, “Amen.” When offering the cup of Precious
Blood the minister says, “The Blood of Christ,” bow your head and say,
“Amen,” then take the cup from the minister and drink.
You may be wondering why this change, now.
Years ago after implementing the procedures established after the
Second Vatican Council the bishops had meant to clarify how we should
show reverence to the Lord when receiving communion. Many practices
cropped up on their own; some private, some public, but no specific
guideline was designed. The new GIRM establishes how we should show our
reverence by asking us to bow before receiving rather than making our
signs of reverence afterwards.
For more details please see the article “The Posture and Gesture of Reverence for Holy Communion”
A recap of all the GIRM changes is available on our website www.holytrinitysp.org or in pamphlet form in the near future. (May 9, 2004)