Liturgist’s Nightmare

I knew the concluding storms of WYD were bad. I hadn’t heard till yesterday the organizers lost 1.5 million hosts for the closing Mass.

The Church has regulations pertaining to the storage and security of consecrated hosts. 5,000 ciboria (that seems like one for every American parish west of the Mississippi) with 200 each: good thing for the clergy they didn’t lose those. That might have even been intolerable.

Keeping altar bread in tents–that would seem dicey even in good weather. Wasn’t there a nearby church or building of some sort to store this safely? How much worse were the storms than the weather reports?

I’ve never been to a Mass larger than 16,000 people, and that only once. Receiving Communion is about the only thing keeping a megaliturgy from being a spectacle.

(Image uncredited at NCR site)

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to Liturgist’s Nightmare

  1. Copernicus says:

    The numbers don’t add up! I wonder whether the author meant 500 ciboria rather than 5000?

  2. Todd says:

    Thanks, C. I must be getting old not to have noticed that. 5,000 ciboria with 200 each: they could have halved half those hosts.

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