GIRM 91: Duties and Ministries

GIRM Chapter III gives a look at “Duties and Ministries in the Mass, and covers numbered sections 91 through 111. This chapter’s opening paragraph is expanded a bit from the parallel section in the 1975 GIRM. There is a bit of a difference in the 2000 and 2011 translations. Notably missing is a quote in the first sentence below about the Eucharist being a “Sacrament of unity” (in the Latin, “quae est <unitatis sacramentum>”) Otherwise, this section is largely dependent on Vatican II for its substance:

91. The celebration of the Eucharist is the action of Christ and of the Church, namely, of the holy people united and ordered under the Bishop. It therefore pertains to the whole Body of the Church, manifests it, and has its effect upon it. Indeed, it also affects the individual members of the Church in a different way, according to their different orders, functions, and actual participation.[cf. Sacrosanctum Concilium 26] In this way, the Christian people, “a chosen race, a royal Priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession,” expresses its cohesion and its hierarchical ordering.[cf. Sacrosanctum Concilium 14] All, therefore, whether ordained ministers or lay Christian faithful, in fulfilling their function or their duty, should carry out solely but totally that which pertains to them.[cf. Sacrosanctum Concilium 28]

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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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