Communion rail cloth
#11
(04-17-2009, 12:03 PM)QuisUtDeus Wrote: A cloth that hangs over the rail kinda like a tablecloth.

You put your hands under it so that if the Sacrament falls it lands on the cloth and you don't inadvertently touch it, but still could catch it and prevent it from hitting the floor.

The only place I've ever seen one is St. John Cantius in Chicago.

Under it?

Now I'm thinking that we may have one - I think the gate is covered as well, although patens are used.

But I didn't know you were supposed to put your hands underneath it.

....oops.

But that makes sense.
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#12
I remember talking to an old man at a bus stop once about 'the old days' and he said that they had to hold it up to their neck - under their chin!
Imagine that! I personally do that myself, but usually im serving so im not often at the communion rail. Ive seen a lot of the older parishioners doing it aswell.
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#13
Here's a post from our Parish blog that explains the communion rail cloth and has a picture from St John Cantius.

http://ourparishtoo.blogspot.com/2009/04...cloth.html

It says to hold the cloth up to your chin.
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#14
(04-17-2009, 12:43 PM)ErinIsNice Wrote:
(04-17-2009, 12:03 PM)QuisUtDeus Wrote: The only place I've ever seen one is St. John Cantius in Chicago.

They have one at the ICK church and the SSPX church here too.

In Chicago?  OLI (the SSPX church) doesn't have it anymore.
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(04-17-2009, 02:12 PM)DeiMateralma Wrote:
(04-17-2009, 12:43 PM)ErinIsNice Wrote:
(04-17-2009, 12:03 PM)QuisUtDeus Wrote: The only place I've ever seen one is St. John Cantius in Chicago.

They have one at the ICK church and the SSPX church here too.

In Chicago?  OLI (the SSPX church) doesn't have it anymore.

Really?  I haven't been there in over ten years though.
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#16
I've seen it at St. Francis de Sales (ICK) in St. Louis. 
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#17
There's one at St. Michael's (SSPX) in Sacramento. When I received my First Communion I was taught to put my hands under the rail anyway, although at my regular chapel there is no cloth.
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#18
We use a communion rail cloth.  Before communion the alter boys filp it over the rail.  When we go to communion we fold our hands under neath the cloth.  After communion it is folded back. 
Here is a picture of our Capel.  You can see the communion rail cloth folded back.  Like I said during communion it is folded forward.
Daniel
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#19
Well, I couldn't see to post the picure of our chapel, so here is a link where you can see the communion rail cloth. http://www.olhc.us/
Daniel
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#20
I was told that the rail cloth is a Roman custom, but that it is being used incorrectly.  The intention is to catch any straying particles (the paten is suppose to catch a falling host).  After communion, it is to be held and folded in a precise manner to make sure all particles are contained.

Nowadays though,  the cloth is being flipped after use which inadvertently launches our Lord across the sanctuary if stray particles are on it.  It's better not to have one at all in this case because it is easier to see stray particles on a bare rail. 
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