The Armchair Liturgist: Fraction Rite Fractioning

It’s a minor point, really. Since the changes in the Fraction Rite (breaking of the bread, plus the Agnus Dei) I’ve seen priests continue to hold back from breaking some or even all the consecrated bread. Most guys seem to be still on auto-pilot, doing a minor elevation at “This is the Lamb of God …” and then breaking the large host afterward.

Sit in the purple chair and send off a memo to your priest. Should he complete the fractioning during the Agnus Dei? Should you evenbother to tell him, or just let it go?

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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One Response to The Armchair Liturgist: Fraction Rite Fractioning

  1. Anne says:

    I don’t think it’s a big deal if the priest is breaking a large host. It would not be a priority nor does it do much to promote full, conscious active participation. However, if the the parish practice is to break real bread, I would probably mention it. The symbolism of bread breaking is stronger with real food. IMHO

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