Well, actually, a couple of questions.
A very quick background. I was not raised a Catholic. I am now a Catholic of course, and although I've read and studied a great deal, my knowledge in the practice of the faith is still lacking. We don't have any local classes or anyone close with a great knowledge of these things, so sometimes I still feel like I'm floundering.
Yesterday, we attended a practice at the church - two of my girls will be confirmed this weekend, and this was the first of two practices that will be held.
We usually avoid the lessons in the lead-up to confirmation and first communion in our parish, given that the sister involved is very 'liberal', I guess the word would be.
As part of the practice, each girl went up like they would do on the day, to receive communion from the Bishop. After they received the 'pretend' communion at practice, they were told to return to their seats.
One of my girls went to do the sign of the cross, and the sister grabbed her arm and said very firmly, 'no, we don't do that'.
I always do the sign of the cross after receiving Holy Communion, but my girls were told very firmly not to.
Why would they not be allowed to make the sign of the cross?
Communion on the Tongue.
Since becoming Catholic, I've always believed in receiving Communion on the Tongue. But once again, in our parish, everyone is taught to receive it the in hand. As well, dear hubby receives it in the hand, as he was taught.
But I've always felt that it is far more reverent and respectful to receive it on the tongue, and of course, it eliminates the possibility of fragments falling to the ground, to be trampled underfoot.
But I stand alone on this issue, certainly in our family, and our parish.
I'm currently Googling more info on this topic - I'll present it to the troops, but I guess it's nothing that can be forced, especially considering the rest of the adults in our family see nothing wrong with it.
What are your feelings and beliefs in this area?
I'm in 'deep thought' mode today, aren't I? :)