Catechesis on the Altar Rail

April 2019

Apr 15

The Altar Rail, Part 5

The Altar Rail, Part 5 As we continue our catechesis on the altar rail, we can consider the beautiful diversity that we experience here at St. Mark. By using the Communion rail, whether you choose to kneel or stand, we preserve in the parish a universal and ancient tradition of the Church while still respecting the current permission in...
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Apr 8

The Altar Rail, Part 4

The Altar Rail, Part 4 The Communion rail can be used by parishioners whether they stand or kneel. It gives a logical, repetitive order to the distribution of Communion. For children, the order and sobriety of the altar rail’s use helps to keep their attention fixed, even if they are too young to understand fully what is happening. Rather...
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Apr 1

The Altar Rail, Part 3

The Altar Rail, Part 3 Continuing our catechesis on the Communion rail, let us think about where it is situated in the church. In the construction of churches, Catholic architects always made a firm delineation between the nave and the sanctuary, since the sanctuary represents the heavenly realm. Without a gate, or a doorway into a dwelling...
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