The brothers shall drink tea before or after Vigils, eat after Lauds, eat dinner after Sext, have tea  before Vespers, and supper before Compline.  On feast days, let them eat cake before Vespers.

 The edition used by the good sisters at St Cecilia’s abbey.  🙂

For all the many good sides to their liturgy, they have a Holy Queue for communion, which they inexplicably receive standing, and force visitors to do likewise by the way the sanctuary has been redone and the place celebrating priests usually choose to stand. And they have EEMs. Every single day.

 I knew this community of hermit nuns who solemnly sat after communion, notwithstanding the prostrations they had at other parts of mass and general immense Eucharistic piety.  Their chaplain didn’t get it either, it wasn’t something characteristic of their order.

What is it with Holy Queues? They must have been thought up by a clerical liturgyist. Only someone who hasn’t sat in a pew for many many years could possibly think of it as a procession. Or that it’s more conducive to a dignified reception of the sacrament than lining up. You don’t get so much as a split second to recollect yourself – you’ve got several seconds of careful maneouvering (sp?).

Further thought – isn’t the point of the communion rail that it’s an extension of the altar? So you’re actually at the table of the Lord when you kneel at the rail. We’re always being told that we’re guests at the banquet of the Lord, ekcetra. Then we’re made to come up for communion as though we were queuing for scraps.

[insert rest of rant here, you know the usual sort of thing]

 Hobbits, that’s where this began. Tea and cake.

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