Due Reverence Before the Blessed Sacrament
excerpt from Book IV, Chapter XVI of
The Imitation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
by Rev. Peter J. Arnoudt, S. J.
To kneel or stand when receiving Holy Communion? Pope Benedict XVI wants communicants to kneel at Papal liturgies, but some Bishops mandate standing on the grounds that standing up shows respect. Yes, standing may show respect for human persons, but Jesus is a Divine Person. Every knee shall bend before the Lord (see Philippians 2:10; Romans 14:11).
As you read the following passage from the above-named book, written in 1846, bear in mind that it is a classic on traditional Roman Catholic spiritual direction, considered by many to even surpass The Imitation of Christ.
1. The voice of Jesus. - My Child, if the heavens were thrown open before thee, and if thy eyes beheld there My glory; how thou wouldst be affected by this sight! How thou wouldst tremble with holy awe! With what reverence thou wouldst fall prostrate! For, before My throne, sending forth the splendors of glory, like blazing flames and lightnings, thou shouldst behold thousands of thousands of Angels praising Me with all veneration; and, standing around the throne, ten thousand times a hundred thousand ministering to Me. Thou shouldst, also, behold the mighty throng of Saints, whom thou couldst not count, falling upon their faces in sight of the throne, adoring, and melting with love. Thou shouldst behold how everything is aglow in My presence: at one time thou shouldst perceive how, by reason of the greatness of the all-pervading reverence, there reigns a deep silence throughout heaven; at another, how the whole place resounds with the voice of its inhabitants, bursting forth and singing in unison: Amen, blessing, and glory, and wisdom and thanksgiving, and honor, and power and strength, to our God, forever and ever!
The Imitation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is published by TAN Books, see here.
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