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Supporting the Arminian John Buckeridge's dispute with Thomas Morton over the doctrinal legitimacy of the largely Calvinist Dortrecht articles of 1618, Dean Frances White of Carlisle asked whether predestinarians in Holy Communion could "say to all communicants whatsoever, 'The Body of Our Lord which was given for thee,' as we are bound to say?
Mr Ryan said: "For parents of future communicants our special interest deposit account can help them save each month for what can be an expensive day.
National figures showed the number of people going to communion on Easter Day rose from 26,640 to 28,280, with Christmas Day communicants going up from 32,590 to 36,450 in the same period.
And when we look out across the Sunday assembly, we can be forgiven for wondering if total commitment is what most of our fellow communicants mean to make.
Obviously the celebrant can attend to those communicants without in any way unduly prolonging the mass.
Communicants may receive the Sacrament in the hand, in areas where the Bishops' Conference with the recognitio of the Apostolic See has given permission.
One Sunday, a commotion ahead briefly held up the communicants as we returned to our places.
The letter states, "While this Congregation gave the recognition to the norm desired by the Bishops' Conference of your country that people stand for Holy Communion, this was done on the condition that communicants who choose to kneel are not to be denied Holy Communion on these grounds.
In the earliest generations of the church, the "breaking of the bread" suggested oneness because communicants shared a single loaf.
Huge numbers of Roman Catholics today are unaware that 37 years ago (until 1964) the Catholic Mass was celebrated entirely in Latin, with many other ceremonial differences: a railing to fence off the sanctuary, at which communicants knelt and received Holy Communion on the tongue, and a great "high altar" where the priest prayed facing God, not the people.