Join us throughout the summer as you are able for the Gospel Review series on Tuesday nights at 7pm in Holy Family Hall. We will reflect on and discuss the Gospel reading for the upcoming Sunday in an informal small group setting. Everyone is welcome. There is no fee. All materials will be provided. For our planning purposes, please register through Eventbrite or call the parish office at 586.771.8300.
Congratulations & Thank You to Deacon Bob as he celebrates the 41st Anniversary of his Diaconate Ordination on June 15.
One of the most commonly heard complaints from people in the pews and clergy alie is ‘the lack of reverence’ that is frequently shown toward the Eucharist. Many do not genuflect or bow before the Blessed Sacrament, so do not know the proper way to hold their hands to receive Holy Communion, may receive ‘unworthily’ without finding the right disposition by attending the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and perhaps even remembering for engage in the Eucharistic fast. Especially in the summer, people also seem to get pretty casual in their wardrobe choices.
For thirty years now we have had the practice and custom of standing throughout the Eucharistic Prayer here at St. Lucy’s. It is reminiscent of the earliest posture of prayer for Christians to stand with arms outstretched to give God thanks and praise.
Although the U.S. Bishops in recent years have decided that the posture of kneeling is to become the norm in parishes throughout the country as the current General Instruction to the Roman Missal and its Third Edition continues to guide our prayer, we have not been asked, nor will we be, to change our practice here at St. Lucy.
Both standing and kneeling have historical foundations, and to consider one ‘wrong’ or irreverent would be incorrect. That being said, and as our youngest members of our family of faith begin to join us in a lifetime of celebrating this sacrament with us, it may be a helpful reminder on this Feast of the Body and Blood of the Lord, to review the various signs of reverence toward the Eucharist as defined by the Church at the present time.
Anytime anyone is standing throughout the entire Eucharistic Prayer (and that’s all of us— and anyone in an over-crowded situation where people are literally standing in the aisles, and even at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome where there are no kneelers) — following the singing of the Holy, Holy — when most would typically be kneeling, one is expected to offer a ‘profound bow’ (one that bends the body from the waist) following the elevation of the Eucharistic Bread as the Presider genuflects. The same gesture of reverence is also to be done following the elevation of the Precious Blood of Christ when the Presider genuflects again.
The gesture is truly expected to be a unifying one within the entire assembly for us since we give thanks that ‘you have held us worthy to be in your presence and minister to you.’ as Eucharistic Prayer II notes. The entire Eucharistic Prayer is designed to be one prayer of the entire assembly offered by the Presider and demands the full, conscious, and active participation from each member present. Reflect on your own practice, pay attention to others around you some weekend; let us all work together so that our practice might truly reverence Christ present among us, in each other and in our hearts. Jesus Christ — yesterday, today and forever, and him alone.
The usual gesture of reverence toward the Blessed Sacrament whether in the tabernacle or exposed in adoration in the monstrance is a genuflection, using one knee. It is also the same gesture toward the cross of Christ that is used following the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday until the beginning of the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday. For many, as they age, this gesture of genuflection becomes increasingly difficult. The Church never intends its practices to be a hardship for its members. If you are unable to genuflect, the next order of gesture is the profound bow.
When receiving Communion, remember that a gesture of reverence is also expected. Again, our U.S. Bishops in keeping with the General Instruction have determined that the gesture will be bowing one’s head. As you approach the minister and after hearing the words, “The Body of Christ” simply bow your head, (not a profound bow from the waist) then say “Amen” and receive the Body of Christ. The communicant always has the option of receiving the Body of Christ in one’s hand or receiving him by mouth. When Communion is received under both forms, our regular practice here at St. Lucy, the same sign of reverence (bowing the head) is also made before receiving the Precious Blood, after hearing the words “The Blood of Christ.”
As summer unfolds it may also be helpful to consider wardrobe choices when coming to Mass. Ministers are asked to avoid wearing flip flops, bare midriffs, shorts and spaghetti or strapless tops. Polo shirts, and shirts with a collar are appropriate for men, especially when it’s too hot for a sport coat.
As we continue to celebrate as liturgical assemblies throughout the summer, let’s work on these practices that the universal church expects of us, and be considerate, and not offend other members of the Body of Christ by some of our choices.
St. Lucy's is hosting the summer lunch program
at Crossroads of Michigan
on Thursday, June 25th.
This includes planning and preparing the lunch as well as delivering and serving it.
Afterwards, the children will gather together for a craft or entertainment.
12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Carpool from St. Lucy's at 11:15 a.m.
Adults and children are welcome!
For more information or to sign up,
please email Donna at email@example.com
or call the Parish Office at 586.771.8300.
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