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GIRM 332-334: Form, Blessings, Sacrarium

Three important topics, the first of which is the form of vessels: 332. As regards the form of the sacred vessels, it is for the artist to fashion them in a manner that is more particularly in keeping with the … Continue reading

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GIRM 327-331: Sacred Vessels

This portion is fairly similar to the 1975 GIRM. Many vessels for Communion are made of substances other than precious metals. My sense is that many Catholics perceive that other metals, glass, crystal, or ceramics avoid the appearance of being ostentacious. … Continue reading

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GIRM 325-326: Sacred Furnishings In General

These two numbered sections make up Chapter VI, Part II (title above): 325. As in the case of the building of churches, so also regarding all sacred furnishings, the Church admits the manner of art of each individual region and … Continue reading

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GIRM 319-324: The Bread and Wine for Celebrating the Eucharist

With today’s post, we commence a long look at Chapter VI of the GIRM, “The Requisites for the  Celebration of Mass.” This chapter covers GIRM 319-351 and in addition to today’s topic, will address furnishings, vessels, vestments, and a few … Continue reading

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GIRM 318: Sacred Images

Images of the saints and such: 318. In the earthly Liturgy, the Church participates, by a foretaste, in that heavenly Liturgy which is celebrated in the holy city of Jerusalem, toward which she journeys as a pilgrim, and where Christ … Continue reading

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GIRM 314-317: The Place for the Reservation of the Most Holy Eucharist

Four sections on reserving the Eucharist and seven footnotes. I’ll note up front here that compared to other Vatican documents, like the GDC that we’re looking at here, the GIRM, in comparison, is more lightly footnoted. Not today. Let’s read: … Continue reading

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GIRM 312-313: The Place for the Choir and the Musical Instruments

Where to place the choir and instruments? 312. The schola cantorum (choir) should be so positioned with respect to the arrangement of each church that its nature may be clearly evident, namely as part of the assembled community of the … Continue reading

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GIRM 311: The Places for the Faithful

Whats up in the nave? After multiple posts about altar,ambo, and chair, let’s find out. Participation, naturally, is the first consideration: 311. Places for the faithful should be arranged with appropriate care so that they are able to participate in … Continue reading

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GIRM 310: Chairs

The Priest Celebrant gets a chair suitable to the function of the priest’s presidency over the liturgical assembly: 310. The chair of the Priest Celebrant must signify his function of presiding over the gathering and of directing the prayer. Thus … Continue reading

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GIRM 309: The Ambo

One section on the ambo, but there’s a good bit here to which to attend: 309. The dignity of the Word of God requires that in the church there be a suitable place from which it may be proclaimed and … Continue reading

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GIRM 306-308: Wrapping Up Altar Decor

No peripherals for altar decor; only what is needed: 306. For only what is required for the celebration of the Mass may be placed on the altar table: namely, from the beginning of the celebration until the proclamation of the … Continue reading

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GIRM 305: Decorating the Altar

Let’s chat about how the altar can and should be decorated: 305. Moderation should be observed in the decoration of the altar. During Advent the floral decoration of the altar should be marked by a moderation suited to the character … Continue reading

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GIRM 304: Altar Cloths

Let’s have a discussion on altar cloths: 304. Out of reverence for the celebration of the memorial of the Lord and for the banquet in which the Body and Blood of the Lord are offered, there should be, on an … Continue reading

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GIRM 302-303: Relics and Multiple Altars

GIRM shoulders the issue of relics: 302. The practice of the deposition of relics of Saints, even those not Martyrs, under the altar to be dedicated is fittingly retained. However, care should be taken to ensure the authenticity of such … Continue reading

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GIRM 300-301: Altars, Fixed and Movable

The altar should be dedicated in a formal rite. This is optional for a movable piece, but is likely a good idea. 300. An altar, whether fixed or movable, should be dedicated according to the rite prescribed in the Roman … Continue reading

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