Bishop Athanasius Schneider visited Estonia December 10, 2009, for the publication of his book Dominus Est in Estonian. After the presentation, Bishop Schneider celebrated a Missa Cantata in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul.[Hat tip to N.C. at Rorate Caeli]
In the book presentation the Bishop explained how the present form of hand communion has nothing to do with the practise of hand communion in the early centuries. The new way was adapted by some liberal priests in Holland directly from the Calvinists in 1965.
The Bishop ultimately decided to write a book defending the traditional way of receiving Holy Communion, and when the work was finished he gave a manuscript to the Holy Father. The Pope wrote back to the Bishop praising the work and his accuracy of knowledge of the patristics.
Bishop Schneider told he had also asked the Pope to stop distributing Communion in the hand in Papal Masses, and even if the Pope's answer was supportive it was not certain that it would happen. But since only a few months later, all communicants have been asked to receive Holy Communion from the Pope only kneeling and on the tongue. A true miracle, says Bishop Schneider.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Bishop Schneider, the Pope, and the mode of receiving Communion
Bishop Athanasius Schneider, who was one of the featured speakers at the Call to Holiness Conference at the Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak, MI, on October 10, 2009, "continues his worldwide pilgrimage in defense of Traditional Communion" (Rorate Caeli, December 13, 2009). A baltic blogger reports, via translation provided on Rorate Caeli site: