Redemptionis Sacramentum 70

After the rapid pace of the last few posts, let’s slow down for some particular items in the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Today, bringing gifts:

[70.] The offerings that Christ’s faithful are accustomed to present for the Liturgy of the Eucharist in Holy Mass are not necessarily limited to bread and wine for the eucharistic celebration, but may also include gifts given by the faithful in the form of money or other things for the sake of charity toward the poor. Moreover, external gifts must always be a visible expression of that true gift that God expects from us: a contrite heart, the love of God and neighbour by which we are conformed to the sacrifice of Christ, who offered himself for us. For in the Eucharist, there shines forth most brilliantly that mystery of charity that Jesus brought forth at the Last Supper by washing the feet of the disciples. In order to preserve the dignity of the Sacred Liturgy, in any event, the external offerings should be brought forward in an appropriate manner. Money, therefore, just as other contributions for the poor, should be placed in an appropriate place which should be away from the eucharistic table. [Cf. GIRM 73] Except for money and occasionally a minimal symbolic portion of other gifts, it is preferable that such offerings be made outside the celebration of Mass.

The footnote for GIRM 73 mentions an upgrade I don’t see that often in my travels, a deviation from the long practice of placing gifts near the altar, but hopefully never on it.

RS 70 leaves open the possibility of the collection for the parish or faith community to be done at this time. But the clear emphasis seems to be on bread and wine, and material things for the poor.

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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 Redemptionis Sacramentum 70

  1. Liam says:

    IN my current parish (St Cecilia’s, in the Back Bay of Boston, next to Berklee School of Music and with many colleges within its territory), the young children come up during the collection to bring food for the poor, and place it on the predella steps.

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