PCS 92-96: Communion in a Hospital or Institution

This rite is intended for situations in which a larger number of sick people are attended to in ministry, and the gathering of them or their numbers would preclude using the “ordinary” form of PCS 81-91, or the celebration of Mass. Keep in mind the determining factor is the pastoral situation of the people, not the personal choice of the minister. 

PCS 92 provides for an antiphon. (One cannot really call it an “entrance” ritual, as it may be performed in the church, in the hospital chapel, or in the first room.) We looked at the texts themselves this past May when examining HCWEOM 200, 201, and 203.

The minister enters the room (PCS 93), possibly with an assistant carrying a candle, and may use one of two ritual greetings, including, “The peace of the Lord be with you always.” There is no prescription against the lay minister starting in this way.

The blessed sacrament is placed on a table, a reading is optional, and if time permits, the Lord’s Prayer
(PCS 94) is prayed by all present. The Eucharist (PCS 95) is presented and received as in PCS 88. The concluding prayer (PCS 96) may be said in either the last room visited, the hospital chapel, or the church. The final blessing is omitted.


As I mentioned in a previous post, the option of reciting the antiphon and concluding prayers outside the presence of the sick person is very curious. It would seem that abbreviated forms, including a final blessing, could be easily incorporated into the rite. If the framers of the rite thought a preparation ritual for the minister was needed, it might have been included in the ordinary form.

The omission of a final blessing by the priest or deacon is very curious. This would be a sacramental many Catholics would expect and appreciate.

Other comments?

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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