by Bishop Athanasius Schneider
The greatest reality in the Holy Mass is Christ Himself really present in His immolated and glorified Body in the little consecrated host. Each member of the faithful when approaching the Divine Body of Christ at the moment of Holy Communion has to show towards Him not only the interior purity of his soul but also the exterior adoration of his body and greet Him kneeling down and in an attitude of humility and spiritual childhood better opening one's mouth to allow oneself to be fed by Christ through the hand of the priest who in the Holy Mass is acting in persona Christi.
|The Last Communion of St. Jerome, by Sandro Botticelli|
Let us receive our Eucharistic Lord with love, with purity of heart, and with a gesture of adoration, kneeling down. Let us receive our Eucharistic Lord with a gesture of humility and making ourselves small opening our mouth to receive the Holy of Holiest, the King of the universe, in the little sacred host. O Lord, when we have You in the Eucharist, we have all things and we will miss nothing.
(taken from Corpus Christi: Holy Communion and the Renewal of the Church)