Category Archives: HCWEOM

HCWEOM Wraps Up

We come to the end of our examination of Holy Communion and the Worship of the Eucharist Outside Mass. It’s an overlooked rite, relatively speaking, for the common practice of distributing Communion outside of Mass, not to mention Eucharistic worship. … Continue reading

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HCWEOM 192-203: Hymns and Antiphons

The rite gives a selection of hymnody for Benediction: 4. HYMNS At benediction, which concludes the service of adoration, especially the short form, singing may be confined to the last part, beginning with the words: Tantum ergo. 192. Pange, lingua, … Continue reading

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HCWEOM 113-188: Readings

Chapter IV of the HCWEOM conclude the document. Seven Old Testament readings, ten NT passages, eight psalms, five alleluia verses (including John 6:57 in “voice of God”) and eleven Gospel readings are given as possibilities for Communion outside of Mass … Continue reading

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HCWEOM 109-112: Eucharistic Congresses

Any readers ever attended a Eucharistic Congress? It sounds downright democratic, doesn’t it? Dioceses hold them every so often. Boston just had one and Atlanta’s is coming up next month. Next month Québec City hosts the 49th international congress. Anyway, … Continue reading

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HCWEOM 105-108: More on Processions

These four sections give the rubrics for a Eucharistic Procession. There is no “black” really, just walking, praying, singing, and readings. 105. The priest who carries the blessed sacrament may wear the vestments used for the celebration of Mass if … Continue reading

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HCWEOM 101-104: Eucharistic Processions

Eucharistic processions have an honored history in Catholicism. Note the emphasis here on singing: 101. In processions in which the eucharist is carried through the streets solemnly with singing, the Christian people give public witness to faith and to their … Continue reading

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HCWEOM 97-100: Benediction and Reposition

97-99 give the rubrics and brief text on Benediction. We’ll catch the following suggestion for the hymn of eucharistic song in a later post. 97. Toward the end of the exposition the priest or deacon goes to the altar, genuflects, … Continue reading

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