23 September 2011

Reluctant Sinner provides some thoughts on the rather unattractive liturgy of the papal Mass in Berlin, including discussion of the Bauhaus crucifix, horrid music, tacky green chasubles, and female altar servers (!).
I only saw two people receive the Host on the tongue, whilst the vast majority seemed to snatch Communion directly from the hands of the priest giving it to them. Of course, those receiving Communion from the Pope are required to kneel and receive on the tongue - though I spotted one rude and rebellious older man sticking his hands out as he semi-knelt before the Holy Father. Needless to say, the gentle Pope Benedict XVI placed the Host in the man's hands. It's probably true to say, though, that most pontiffs throughout the Church's history would have had the man removed!
What patience this pontiff must have to exercise.