Bishop Schneider on Receiving Holy Communion

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imageNearly ten years ago an unknown auxiliary bishop from Karaganda, Kazakhstan, the Most Reverend Athanasius Schneider, wrote a brief treatise on the reception of Holy Communion, Dominus Est-It is the Lord!  In the years since, there has been no greater defender of the Eucharist than Bishop Schneider. The below argument in favor of the traditional discipline of receiving Holy Communion on the tongue while kneeling comes at the conclusion of Bishop Schneider’s book.

Dominus Est should be read by bishops, priests, and laity alike; it is that important. The below excerpt is reprinted here with the permission of the publisher.

Against the background of the two-millennia-long history of piety and liturgical tradition of the universal Church, East and West alike, especially regarding the organic development of the patristic patrimony, we can offer the following summary:

1. The organic development of Eucharistic piety as a fruit of the piety of the…

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One thought on “Bishop Schneider on Receiving Holy Communion

  1. Please do not suggest the Eastern Church is not reverent by receiving the Eucharist while standing. This is a matter of custom, not something that is by its nature irreverent. The Bishop has not been very supportive of Byzantine Christians in his country, may sent there by Stalin for their faith. I would hope for better from him.

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