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February 2, 2009
WCR Letters to the Editor
Stand for the bus, kneel for the Saviour
I stand while waiting for the bus, I stand to do the dinner dishes, but kneeling is something which is reserved for the occasions when my soul’s object is the only begotten Son of God.
I agree with Matthew Hysell’s letter (WCR letters, Jan. 19) and the call to pick up Vatican II’s encouragement of ressourcement, but let us not stop at the fathers and the early councils. Rather, let us return to the source – Holy Scripture. In Greek, the word for “worship” in the New Testament literally means to bend the knee, that is, kneel.
We kneel not in shame or fear, but with the humility of a shy lover who recognizes the approach of the Lord of their heart, the lover of their soul, who genuinely woos us with his sweet everythings, and we become weak in the knees.
In kneeling, we adore him who loved us first and has kept his promise to be with us always. It is because we kneel that we can appreciate to stand anew – justified. This is not any ordinary stance. We can stand in this extraordinary way, only because we have first knelt and heard his call, “Arise my love, my fair one, come away!”
When the name above all names says, “eat” and “drink,” what should we do more than kneel at whose name every knee shall bow?
The fathers and bishops of the early councils no doubt had their very good reasons for making their request.
But if in our own time Mother Church should ask us to kneel, can it be because she recognizes that in the globalization of everything including gesture, to bend the knee is perhaps the one embrace left by which others can distinctly recognize us as a people known for by their love?
Starving mule sets example for adoring Jesus
ReadingMatthew Hysell’s Jan. 19 letter gives the impression of his learnedness. Who is Jaroslav Pelikan? His explanation of tradition really means nothing. I prefer to hold fast to what is written in Scripture “Hold fast to what is written and to the traditions passed down to you.”
At the time of the first council the practice of kneeling during the entire celebration had been the norm. Then according to Mr. Hysell it was to stand during the entire celebration. I’m thankful as time progressed the postures were adopted to give greater meaning and reverence to the sacrifice of the Mass.
As for the times we are now living please make reference to: The Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Sacramentum Caritas of Pope Benedict on the Eucharist as the source and summit of the Church’s life and mission.
In this document Pope Benedict tells us the preferred posture during the Consecration is to kneel.
One of my favourite miracles of the Eucharist (the Body, Blood, soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ) is when St. Anthony of Padua, holding up the Most Blessed Sacrament on one side, and a nonbeliever with grain on the other and a starving mule in the middle.
The starving mule came and knelt before St. Anthony holding up our Lord. So I’ve come to the conclusion if a mule has the reverence to kneel before the Blessed Sacrament, I should humble myself and follow his good example.
The same spirit of Vatican II to which Mr. Hysell refers, has raped and gutted many churches. Many Roman Catholic churches have been left as empty shells with Our Lord placed in a hidden closet under the pretence of a chapel of repose.
No one stands for Eucharistic Adoration
Theletter of Matthew Hysell in the Jan. 19 WCR is not receivable by many Catholics for many reasons. One of them is that when we have the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, which is a Catholic practice, we don’t adore standing. We adore by kneeling.
This is the same host that we expose during Mass. What is the difference? I’ve never seen the people standing during the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
What is wrong with our Catholics who don’t want to kneel? Don’t you want to humble yourself before our Saviour? Where are the problems?
St. Francis of Assisi prescribed every one should kneel to our living God. What did the centurion do when he met the Lord? (Matthew 8.8). The bodily gesture shows reverence, humility and submission before God. What is wrong with this?
The Muslims are not shy to kneel and bow down to the floor to pray to Allah.
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