(quote) Chelsea-743484 said: The answer is that the Roman norm for receiving the sacred species is on the tongue (whilst kneeling).
However, there is a tolerated practice in many Latin Rite parishes whereby many receive the sacred species upon their hands...and many bishops mandate that Holy Communion be received whilst standing in their dioceses.
Remember, merely because a practice is tolerated does not make it praiseworthy.
I know that there are some who say that the original commemorations of the Lord's Supper in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass were much more informal...and that everyone alike took the sacred species in their hands...and therefore it cannot be a materially evil practice. This rendering of history may or may not be true. Though, even if it is true, we were warned by the Holy Father Pius XII not to strive for a devolution in liturgical practice to primitive forms (encyclical Mediator Dei, #62), as if what was refined in practice over the entire life of Holy Mother Church were mere accretions.
Chelsea,it is not just a tolerated practice in some parishes. It is, in fact, allowed by the
Church, not just tolerated.
It has become pretty much the norm. So much so that Pope Benedict went out of his way to dictate that those receiving from him at his masses were to kneel and receive on the tongue.
You are correct that in the US most Bishops have dictated that people are to stand to receive and kneeling is merely tolerated. With the removal of the altar rail in most churches, kneeling to receive becomes a problem.
We must always keep in mind that these issues are a matter of discipline and therefore changable. Neither method of receiving is inherently more worthy than the other.
There is no doubt that prior to these allowed changes, there was more reverence shown to the Eucharist. But it would be hard to say if that were the result of requiring the kneeling and receiving on the tongue or just a difference in attitude having nothing to do with the method.
Face it since the 60s there has been a general lowering of standards of behavior in all elements of society not just religion. People dress like slobs, they do not show courtesy to each other, language is coarser, etc. etc, etc..
One practice is generally found only in the US and that is the folding of arms to signal the priest one is not there to receive but to just receive a blessing. That is a nonsense practice and should be done away, especially since in the US Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion have beome the norm rather than the exception they are supposed to be. Too often these extraordinary ministers are blessing people which they are prohibited from doing as giving a blessing is reserved solely to ordained ministers, Priests and Deacons.