Question of the Day for Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Q. Why did the Church get rid of Communion rails? Will they ever come back? Someone told me that they might be reinstalled in some churches.
A. Here’s a reply from TCA columnist Father Ray Ryland, Ph.D., J.D
The Church herself had nothing to do with the removal of Communion rails. After the Second Vatican Council, it became a fad among most liturgists to “simplify” the interior of our churches. They decided Communion rails must go, and most were destroyed. The destruction of beautiful church interiors became almost a resurgence of the ancient heresy of iconoclasm. But the tide is turning. Yes, in some instances Communion rails are being restored. In some new churches you will find Communion rails. I believe this trend will continue.
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