Tuesday, December 20, 2016
New Communion Rail
An old Irish proverb reads: "Before you take down a fence, first ask why it was put up." Needless to say, many of these rails have been removed in recent years without ever asking why they were put up in the first place. The custom of the Communion rail needs to be maintained now more than ever, thanks to lagging Eucharistic fervor. News flash: many young Catholics no longer believe in the true presence of Christ in the Eucharist. This is news for many people.
As a side note, if I had a dime for every time I have watched wedding photographers, or heard about thieves, or watched rude intruders wander open into sanctuaries with no rail, I would be a wealthy man, indeed. Any pastor who installs a camera in his church knows the security value of such a rail, separating and protecting the holy of holies.
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