Sunday, April 25, 2004

Liturgical Abuses

Our parish, not liberal by any means, continued to use a flagon today, as well as a pottery chalice, glass chalices and glass ciboria all of which are prohibited. We'll see how long this continues... The document advises the laity to inform their bishop and then the Vatican if abuses are not stopped--so you and I have a role here.

From CNS STORY: LITURGY-GRAVE Apr-23-2004 (1,580 words) With photos. xxxn:

"-- 'The pouring of the blood of Christ after the consecration from one vessel to another is completely to be avoided, lest anything should happen that would be to the detriment of so great a mystery. Never to be used for containing the blood of the Lord are flagons, bowls or other vessels.' This instruction prohibits the widespread U.S. practice of placing one or more pitchers of wine on the altar before the consecration when Communion is to be distributed under both kinds, and then pouring that wine into chalices before Communion. A related instruction says there is no problem with placing multiple chalices filled with wine on the altar before the consecration, but for the sake of 'sign value' the main chalice should be larger than the others."

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