Clarification for posture during Mass
One of the goals of our archbishop is greater unity in how the parishes of our archdiocese celebrate the Mass. For this reason, we at St. Vincent’s, began to kneel after the Lamb of God until it is time to join the communion procession. This week the archbishop sent a letter to the priests that added greater clarity to what he would like us to do. In earlier instructions, it was stated that after communion, the faithful could sit or kneel during the period of silent thanksgiving. I interpreted that to mean after the communion procession was done and once the period of silent thanksgiving began.
In his letter of December 14th, a new phrase was added. “Upon returning from Holy Communion, the faithful can kneel or be seated” I guess I was wrong in my interpretation of the Assembly standing in unity during the communion procession. Our unity will be expressed in singing together the communion hymn once we are able to return to communal singing after the pandemic.
During the pandemic, priests have not been able to meet together in person to discuss these new changes and to ask questions. Everything has been done only through the written word. That, obviously, can add to misinterpretation. I apologize for any confusion.
I imagine many of you are experiencing how easy it is to misinterpret things as we continue to make our way through this pandemic. Communication between family members can be fraught with misunderstandings or presumptions. The stress of isolation and the demands of juggling many responsibilities can make true understanding difficult at times. So we probably do need to apologize at times, take corrections and make our way through this together. We will get it right, it just takes time and patience with one another and with ourselves.