Posture After Receiving Communion


Beginning next Sunday, November 28, on the First Sunday of Advent, we will modify our current practice of standing after receiving Communion to a choice of standing, sitting or kneeling. This change will occur under the guidance of the General Instructions on the Roman Missal (GIRM) and the Diocese of Oakland.


Regarding the Communion Rite, Article 43 in the GIRM says, “The faithful should stand …  before the Prayer over the Offerings until the end of Mass, ... if appropriate, they may sit or kneel during the period of silence after Communion.”


In 2005, the Diocese of Oakland also issued guidelines for the posture during Communion. The guidelines say, “…the faithful may stand, sit or kneel after receiving Communion.”


We will implement these guidelines here at Assumption starting next Sunday.


If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Bill Vaughan