I know a huge number of my readers are mostly after my blog’s SM 3-day sale schedule. But I’m hoping you (the Catholic ones) would read this, too…
Last Easter Sunday, a very good friend of mine witnessed an argument between a family and a couple whether one should sit or stand during the Consecration if one could not kneel. The father (the dad — not the priest, okay?), who even took Communion, and his daughter confronted the couple when they went out of the chapel. The dad wanted to punch the guy and he was shouting at the couple outside the chapel’s doors. And yes, I really understand that a father always has the tendency to defend his child. There’s nothing wrong with protecting your child.
According to the chismis/gossip (by the way, we should try not to gossip. Hehehe…), the guy informed the lady (the daughter) sitting in front of him to kneel during the Consecration. It’s possible that the lady could be sick or may have knee arthritis or may have wounds on her knees so she could not kneel. That we really don’t know. But it’s also a huge possibility that the guy did not inform the lady nicely — that could have sparked the tension. But still, the lady should have just taken it lightly instead of making a fuss out of it.
My friend knew that the girl, who she saw can physically stand up just fine, should have stood up instead of sat down. So as a clarification, my friend called me up last night and asked if the girl did the right thing. I studied in a Catholic school from pre-school to college. My dad used to be a seminarian and a catechist. He is currently our chapel’s lector, too. Also, the monsignor from our parish lectures us whenever he sees someone sitting during the Consecration of the Host (and whenever someone is late and/or is not dressed properly). I honestly don’t know a lot of things but I really do know that if you could not kneel but could stand, you should then stand during the Consecration (tiredness is not an excuse). After all, it is the most mystical and most important part of the Holy Mass. Besides, the Eucharistic Prayer does not take that long.
I decided to look for an in depth discussion of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) to show to my friend. I don’t want to be preachy but here’s something every Catholic should know specifically about the proper posture during the Consecration of the Eucharist:
Anyway, in my opinion, both parties could be at fault:
- The guy’s tone may have sounded impolite.
- The girl did not stand up to respect Christ.
- The girl made a fuss out of the guy’s comment.
- The dad joining in to confront the guy to the extent of making a scene outside the chapel.