Q: You addressed the norm for receiving Communion: https://paulturner.org/receiving-communion-5/
In that post, you cited GIRM, 160, which states: “The norm established for the Dioceses of the United States of America is that Holy Communion is to be received standing, unless an individual member of the faithful wishes to receive Communion while kneeling.”
My question is, what does “unless an individual member of the faithful wishes to receive Communion while kneeling” mean? Does it mean that for those who wish to receive Communion while kneeling, the norm is to kneel; or does it mean that for everyone, the norm is to stand, but the faithful are permitted to kneel?
I have understood it to mean the latter— for everyone, the norm is to stand, but the faithful are permitted to kneel—but a parishioner disagreed with me.
So now I am asking you to find out if my understanding was incorrect.
Thank you for your help.
A: In the United States, individual communicants may choose to kneel to receive communion. Their decision does not therefore require others to kneel. The norm is stated plainly: standing.