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Dominus Est – It Is the Lord! Reflections of a Bishop of Central Asia on Holy Communion Paperback – January 5, 2009

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  • Paperback: 63 pages
  • Publisher: Newman House Press; 1 edition (January 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977884619
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977884612
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Alcuin Reid on January 6, 2009
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It was 1969. Paul VI was the Pope. The Congregation for Divine Worship issued an Instruction, Memoriale Domini, on the manner of receiving Holy Communion. It makes very interesting reading.

After recalling the development of the reception of Communion on the tongue as a fruit of "a deepening understanding of the truth of the Eucharistic mystery, of its power and of the presence of Christ in it," the Instruction declares that "this method of distributing holy communion must be retained...not merely because it has many centuries of tradition behind it, but especially because it expresses the faithful's reverence for the Eucharist. The custom does not detract in any way from the personal dignity of those who approach this great sacrament: it is part of that preparation that is needed for the most fruitful reception of the Body of the Lord" it said.

It also warned: "A change in a matter of such moment, based on a most ancient and venerable tradition, does not merely affect discipline. It carries certain dangers with it which may arise from the new manner of administering Holy Communion: the danger of a loss of reverence for the august sacrament of the altar, of profanation, of adulterating the true doctrine." And it published a survey of the world's bishops, which led it to conclude: "the vast majority of bishops believe that the present discipline should not be changed, and that if it were, the change would be offensive to the sentiments and the spiritual culture of these bishops and of many of the faithful." For this reason it reports, "the Holy Father has decided not to change the existing way of administering holy communion to the faithful.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By ALAN F. MERWIN on July 13, 2010
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This is a good quick and easy book for understanding why all the discussion about Holy Communion. Things are changing and Fr. Schneider helps to clear up some of the myths and why the changes should take place. Excellently researched and well presented. A very good book to be read by the whole family.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Texas on October 7, 2011
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This is such a beautiful little book I don't know where to begin. The beginning details the struggles of faithful Catholics under the Soviets to receive Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament - in fact to receive any of the sacraments! The following discussion of the reverent posture in which to receive the Eucharist is very moving. Please read. If you truly believe that Our Lord is present, body, blood, soul and divinity in the Blessed Sacrament it will be profoundly moving. If you have doubts, this will help to open your eyes. God bless Bishop Schneider and send us more like him!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Victor Claveau on March 20, 2012
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Based on his experience of Eucharistic devotion under Communist persecution, Bishop Schneider, auxiliary Bishop of Karaganda, Kazakhstan and member of the Order of the Holy Cross, bears witness to the loss of reverence for the Real Presence in the Western world and makes concrete suggestions for the renewal of Eucharistic faith and devotion in our times.
The book is a short read of 51 pages, however each page is pregnant with meaning. Worth every penny and much more.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By UNSpacy on June 26, 2013
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This book costs a measly $8. If I had $1000 lying around for no reason, I would buy as many copies as I could and give them to anyone I thought might read it openly. As it is, I will buy 3 copies and find people to give them to, and ask them to buy 3 copies and do the same. I challenge every last one of you who buys this book to be the same - start a movement to bring people to their knees for God, one reader at a time!

If Catholics read this with an open mind and give just a few other copies to other Catholics to do the same, boy I believe we'd have a mass return to people kneeling and receiving only on the tongue.
Every last particle of Jesus is sacred. This little book just blooms with all the ways the Church has always taught that. I cannot even pick a 'best quote' because I would just be retyping the entire book!
This tiny little book is an absolute gem that, if read with an open heart, might change many people's understanding of Holy Communion.
It is only about 60 pages, it'll take you a few hours, and you do not need to be an expert in Catholicism to 'get' it.
Many times when people complain at me that I kneel and receive only on the tongue, I hear from them that I do it out of vanity, and that it's so old and we know better now than to 'hold up the line' by making Holy Communion take longer. The comments have always puzzled me. I kneel because I have Fear of the Lord, a Gift of the Holy Ghost at Confirmation. I've even knelt in gravel in national parks at Mass, or just weeks after having a cesarian, because I just can't physically bring myself to stand; it doesn't matter whether or not there is a Communion rail. I'm not worthy.
This book is an article printed in the Vatican's daily newspaper, written by the auxiliary bishop of Karaganda.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Koenemann on September 21, 2011
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Let us hope and pray that Bishop Schneider is elected our next Pope. The Church is in desperate need of such clear thinking and zealous devotion to Our Lord.
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