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Altar Rails And Reverence

In recent years, there has been a trend to remove altar rails from Catholic churches.  This has even happened in my own parish.  I believe the idea is that the altar rail acts as a barrier between the priest and the people and removing them allows the congregation to participate more fully in the Mass.  In my opinion, altar rails and the practice of kneeling to receive Communion promotes reverence during Mass.  This is something very much needed in many parishes today.  Many Catholics have lost that sense of the Sacred when attending Mass and that’s sad.

Here’s an interesting article from the National Catholic Register about the resurgence of altar rails.  I’d be interesting in hearing your opinion.  Do you feel that kneeling to receive Communion helps you to be reverent or does it not matter?  Let me know…

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