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FATHER’S TEACHING CORNER: The form of receiving Communion goes back to the 1549 Prayer Book with alterations in 1552 and 1662. The rubric instructs that the Priest shall receive Communion in both kinds and then administer to Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, and then to the people. In 1552 the directive was that the host be delivered to the people “in their hands” altering the more ancient form of receiving on the tongue which is still used by Rome today and by most Anglican parishes, even though reception into the hands is still allowed. Also the 1552 Book directed that the people receive kneeling. This raised great protest from those of Puritan leanings, to such an extent that just before the Book was sent to the printer and without either Parliamentary or Convocational authority, a rubric was introduced at the end of the service to explain that the custom of kneeling to receive Communion merely signified “our humble and grateful acknowledgement of the benefits of Christ” and that it did not imply that “any adoration is done, or ought to be done, either unto the Sacramental bread and wine there bodily received, or unto any real or essential presence there being of Christ’s natural flesh and blood.” This was the infamous Black Rubric. The 1662 Book considerably modified its last statement by substituting “Corporal Presence” for “real and essential presence.” The American Book has always omitted altogether the controversial rubric, and this is why Continuing Anglicans in the US do not accept this part of the 1662 Book.
A RULE OF LIFE (Continued): In the Rule of Life there should be regularity in receiving the Blessed Sacrament. In Apostolic Days the faithful communicated daily, but now this is not so often done, except by the clergy or the “religious”. A good rule for devout persons is to receive the Holy Communion every Sunday, Holy Day, and Saint’s Day, and frequently during Lent. No one professing to be in the least religious should receive less than one a month, and to do this faithfully there should be chosen a certain Sunday each month on which to do so regularly. Of course, the ancient command and custom of fasting before Communion should be carefully observed. Each Communion should increase the love and longing for the next Communion until the time comes, when about to depart this life, we make our last Communion, and go to Our Lord and Saviour Whom we have learned to know in the Sacrament of Love. To be continued)
ALL SAINTS DAY IS TODAY. It is kept on 1 November in the West to commemorate all Christian saints, both known and unknown. Reference to such a feast occurs in St. Ephrem Syrus in the 4th century, and St. John Chrysostom assigned a definite date to it, the first Sunday after Pentecost, which is till observed in the East. This same day was apparently associated with the saints also at Rome in the 6th century, but it did not become firmly established in the West until the consecration of the Pantheon at Rome for Christian usage by Boniface IV on 13 May 609 or 610. From then on an annual commemoration of All Saints was made on 13 May. Its observance on 1 November seems to date from the time of Gregory III who dedicated a chapel to “All the Saints” in St. Peter’s Basilica in the 8th century. Gregory IV ordered its universal observance in the 9th century, and Sixtus IV added the octave in the 15th century.
ALL SOUL’S DAY, which is the commemoration of all the Faithful Departed on 2 November, the day after All Saints, unless it falls on a Sunday, when it is moved to 3 November. Its observance became universal in 998 when Odilo of Cluny commanded its annual observance in the Benedictine houses of his congregation Priests of the Latin Rite are permitted to celebrate three Masses on All Souls, a privilege confined to this day and Christmas only. We usually celebrate only one Mass for the day. The Mass contains the famous Sequence “Dies Irae”, “Day of Wrath”.