Bad Liturgy 1: Reserving the Blood

dropperIf I were to start blogging today, maybe I would title my site “Bad Liturgy.” Why? I reflect on a few recent practices in my parish and I think about how much worse it was in the past. I just left a meeting earlier today that I might tell y’all about in ten years or so.

I remember one episode some time ago in which I was clearing out the tabernacle at Triduum. I found a small medicine bottle with an eye dropper. It was labeled “Precious Blood.” I was grateful for the label, as I would not have been able to tell what the substance was had it not been for the context or the description.

Most of the accidents remained stuck to the interior of the vial. I didn’t have a laboratory brush or pipe cleaner for the dropper, so I left it in the hands of one of my sacristans.

I did check with the pastor and associate. After a lot of shrugging by memo and conversation, we determined that the previous associate pastor kept the Precious Blood in the tabernacle. And when he left the previous year, he never cleaned up. One priest thought it was for the other, and nobody ever questioned it.

What’s the lesson?

This is why the Church does not encourage reserving the Blessed Sacrament under both forms.

This is how bad communication trips us up so often, but why making an effort to communicate well is so essential.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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3 Responses to Bad Liturgy 1: Reserving the Blood

  1. Liam says:

    Echoes in Fr Zed:
    http://wdtprs.com/blog/2009/05/quaeritur-taking-communion-with-precious-blood-out-to-the-sick/

    IIRC, once the accidents of wine spoil (become “corrupt”), they are no longer wine, though dilution with water is a traditional faster track to elimination…

  2. Jen says:

    Oy. Once it’s turned to vinegar or dried out, I believe it’s no longer the Precious Blood. A reverent soak and disposal of the liquid in the sacrarium would’ve been sufficient, I believe.

    I had a person sneeze on me after receiving, and I was told once consumed it wasn’t consecrated anymore. (So didn’t have to run home, grab a different shirt, then return to the church to clean my stained shirt.) Different situation, same principle, I believe. Although I guess sneeze *would* be diluted, if one wants to get technical. :)

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