the Body and Blood of Our Lord?
There has been a bit of a flurry in the past few days over mention of a possible return to the 3 hour fast before Holy Communion as documented by the FIUV.
Australia Incognita, Fr Ray, Mulier Fortis and Joseph Shaw all remarked on the matter and there was some discussion about those who showed outrage at this Draconian approach that will return us to the Dark Ages.
Well, the normal politician's wheeze aimed at getting approval from whatever committee they might be attempting to bring round to their own point of view, is to first suggest a drastic solution.
In this case it could have been a return to the Midnight Fast - aaargh!
Those outraged faithful in Tonbridge Wells, and Fitzroy would have gone apoplectic.
And then....in you come with the fall-back solution of a return to the 3 hour fast which all, greatly relieved that they are not going to be asked to go without their Sunday fry ups, accept as a good compromise.
There are, of course, many from the traditional part of HMC who already observe the 3 hour rule....is smugness a sin? I think so.
But....I well recall the days of the Midnight fast and how, as an altar server at the 10.30am Sung Mass, along with my fellow servers, we used to count the crashes throughout Mass as members of the congregation fainted.
There were normally at least two or three; sometimes more if there was a long sermon.
Ah......the good old days.