Jesus is present to us in the very people of God gathered, the Assembly, He is present to us in the proclaimed scriptures, the Sacred Word, and He is present to us in the Holy Eucharist. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ is present in both the Eucharist and Precious Blood. We may receive from one or the other or both.
We all kneel together following the singing of the "Holy, Holy". Following the Great Amen, we all stand together to pray the Lord's Prayer (please try and remember to lower & lift the kneelers gently when using them). Here at St. Luke's we remain standing after the "Lamb of God" until the cantor announces the communion song. At that time we kneel in adoration of the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament until it is returned to the tabernacle after communion. We are in "engaged adoration."
We should participate in the communion song before, during and after we receive communion. The proper reverence of the Eucharist and Precious Blood while coming forward for the holy communion is a solemn bow (showing reverence to Christ who is present in the Eucharist). In the United States, the proper way to receive communion is in the standing position. If we receive in the hands, the left hand is placed over the right hand (or vice versa if you are left handed) to create a kind of "throne" for the Eucharist. As soon as communion is placed in your hand, it should be consumed. It is disrespectful to "take" the Eucharist from the minister. Allow the minister to gently place it in your hand. If we receive communion on the tounge, it is correct to open our mouths and slightly extend the tounge so that the minister can place the Eucharist appropriately. If we choose to receive the Precious Blood, we receive the chalice from the minister when it is extended to us, then take a small sip and gently return it to the minister.
We have now received the living presence
of the Lord Jesus Christ into our bodies!
We are the tabernacle of Christ.
Christ is in us and we are now called to become like Christ by
His divine presence now within us.