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Redemptionis Sacramentum 156-157

Here’s the fuss about names: [156.] This function is to be understood strictly according to the name by which it is known, that is to say, that of extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, and not “special minister of Holy Communion” … Continue reading

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Redemptionis Sacramentum 154-155

The first real subheading in Chapter VII (RS 146-168) covers the Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. (RS 154-160) First up, the CDWDS reminds us that the ordained clergy possess the titles of both priest and minister, regardless of the needs of … Continue reading

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Redemptionis Sacramentum 151-153

The defense against lay persons gets a little shrill: [151.] Only out of true necessity is there to be recourse to the assistance of extraordinary ministers in the celebration of the Liturgy. Such recourse is not intended for the sake … Continue reading

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Redemptionis Sacramentum 149-150

This ministry goes by a lot of different names: catechist, pastoral administrator, pastoral associate, or whatever is politically correct in today’s church or in a diocese. Essentially, these next two sections talk about what happens when a lay person is … Continue reading

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Redemptionis Sacramentum 146-148

Part of the post-conciliar retrenchment has been what I would assess as an ingrate attitude on the part of some in the upper hierarchy toward the generous service rendered the Church by those not in ordained ministry. Pope Francis has … Continue reading

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Redemptionis Sacramentum 142-145

What do you say we wrap up Chapter VI on reservation of the Eucharist and Eucharistic worship outside of Mass? Today’s four sections cover “Eucharistic Congresses and Eucharistic Processions.” [142.] “It is for the diocesan Bishop to establish regulations about … Continue reading

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Redemptionis Sacramentum 139-141

With these three sections, we wrap up RS’s review of Eucharistic Worship outside of Mass. [139.] Where the diocesan Bishop has sacred ministers or others whom he can assign to this purpose, the faithful have a right to visit the … Continue reading

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Redemptionis Sacramentum 137-138

Ways to pray during exposition: [137.] Exposition of the Most Holy Eucharist must always be carried out in accordance with the prescriptions of the liturgical books. [Cf. HCWEOM 82-100; GIRM 317; Code of Canon Law 941 § 2] Before the Most … Continue reading

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Redemptionis Sacramentum 134-136

Sections 134-141 address the second concern of Chapter VI, “Certain Forms of Worship of the Most Holy Eucharist Outside Mass.” I confess the wane of Eucharistic devotion is a curiosity to me. It must have meant something more than “something … Continue reading

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Redemptionis Sacramentum 133

There’s an awkward phrase inserted to make sure readers know that even when visiting the sick, the lay minister who provides this service is indeed a stopgap solution until the ordinary minister is available. [133.] A Priest or Deacon, or … Continue reading

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Redemptionis Sacramentum 131-132

Security for the Blessed Sacrament has always been a prime concern, given the basis of this penal perscription from 1938: [131.] Apart from the prescriptions of canon 934 § 1, it is forbidden to reserve the Blessed Sacrament in a … Continue reading

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Redemptionis Sacramentum 129-130

Chapter VI (RS 129-145) concerns “The Reservation of the  Most Hholy Eucharist and Eucharistic Worship Outside Mass.” We covered that rite on this site well over five years ago. The Reservation of the Most Holy Eucharist is treated in the first … Continue reading

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Redemptionis Sacramentum 128

Finishing Chapter V, let’s have a look at why clergy don’t just go to Mass: [128.] Holy Mass and other liturgical celebrations, which are acts of Christ and of the people of God hierarchically constituted, are ordered in such a … Continue reading

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Redemptionis Sacramentum 127

More on colors: [127.] A special faculty is given in the liturgical books for using sacred vestments that are festive or more noble on more solemn occasions, even if they are not of the color of the day.[Cf. Missale Romanum, … Continue reading

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Redemptionis Sacramentum 124-126

Maybe I could have grouped this section with yesterday’s post on clergy vestments: [124.] A faculty is given in the Roman Missal for the Priest concelebrants at Mass other than the principal concelebrant (who should always put on a chasuble … Continue reading

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