Numbered sections 199 through 251 treat concelebrated Mass, the form of liturgy in which two or more priests serve the community in a ritual role. These occasions involve a number of particulars for the clergy. But here are the very basics everybody needs to know:
199. Concelebration, by which the unity of the Priesthood, of the Sacrifice, and also of the whole People of God is appropriately expressed, is prescribed by the rite itself for the Ordination of a Bishop and of Priests, at the Blessing of an Abbot, and at the Chrism Mass.
It is recommended, moreover, unless the good of the Christian faithful requires or suggests otherwise, at:
a) the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper;
b) the Mass during Councils, gatherings of Bishops, and Synods;
c) the Conventual Mass and the principal Mass in churches and oratories;
d) Masses at any kind of gathering of Priests, either secular or religious.[Sacrosanctum Concilium 57; Canon Law 902.]
Every Priest, however, is allowed to celebrate the Eucharist individually, though not at the same time as a concelebration is taking place in the same church or oratory. However, on Holy Thursday, and for the Mass of the Easter Vigil, it is not permitted to celebrate Mass individually.
As for the other 52 sections, they are arranged as follows:
- Through 209, general norms
- 210-211, Introductory Rites
- 212-213, Liturgy of the Word
- 214-215, Liturgy of the Eucharist
- 216-218, The Eucharistic Prayer
- 219-225, Eucharistic Prayer I
- 226-228, Eucharistic Prayer II
- 229-231, Eucharistic Prayer III
- 232-236, Eucharistic Prayer IV
- 237-249, Communion Rite
- 250-251, Concluding Rites
Some of these may be of greater or less interest to us. But I expect we will complete our coverage in the next two weeks.
Meanwhile, any comments?