Communion kneeling, on the tongue

Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of Karaganda in Kazakhstan, has written a book called Dominus Est, published by the Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Bishop Schneider looks particularly at the question of how we should receive Holy Communion, favouring the practice of kneeling and receiving Holy Communion on the tongue. Not only has the book been published by the Vatican press, it also has a Foreword by Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith, Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship.

The Associazione Luci sull'Est has the publisher's description and the text of the Foreword by Archbishop Ranjith. Shawn Tribe at the New Liturgical Movement has an (unofficial) translation of the Foreword. Here is my (unofficial) translation of the publisher's description:
Holy Communion is not simply a convivial moment of spiritual nourishment but also the closest possible personal encounter for the faithful in this life with their Lord and God. The most authentic interior attitude in this encounter is that of receptivity, of humility, of spiritual infancy. Such an attitude demands on our part gestures of adoration and reverence. We have eloquent witnesses in the two thousand year tradition of the Church characterised by the sayings "with love and fear" (first millennium) and "as much as you can do, so much dare to do" [quantum potes, tantum aude] (second millennium). The author also recounts the example of the three "eucharistic women" of his acquaintance from the clandestine time of the soviet era. Such witnesses can encourage and instruct Catholics of the third millennium on how they should treat our Lord in the august moment of Holy Communion.
The book is in Italian but I hope that it will be translated into English. I am ordering a copy straight away (Paxbook handles online ordering for the Libreria Editrice Vaticana). Say a prayer for the Church in Kazakhstan.

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