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 than being “herded” forward by a parent or an older sibling, the child actually accompanies his/her family to the altar of God. Many of our older parishioners have remarked what a blessing it is to receive at the rail. Many of them would like to kneel, but it takes them some time to get down and then get back up. By using the full length of the rail, parishioners who have trouble going to kneel and getting up from kneeling have more time to get situated at the rail. Married couples have remarked how joyful they are to have the ability to receive Communion kneeling side by side each Sunday just like they did on their wedding day.

 

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