The following comes from a January 14 blog post by Deacon Greg Kandra on Patheos.
Okay. I’ve changed my mind. It’s time to bring back the altar rail.
Hey, I’m as surprised as anyone else that I feel this way.
Two years ago, I rhapsodized on the Feast of Corpus Christi on the theology behind standing to receive communion, and defended it. And why not? I’ve received that way for most of my adult life; I even remember the Latin church’s experiment with intinction back in the ’70s. Standing and in-the-hand always seemed to me sensible, practical and-with proper catechesis-appropriate.
But now, after several years of standing on the other side of the ciborium-first as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, now as a deacon-and watching what goes on, I’ve had about enough.