Wednesday, October 29, 2014
GENERAL INSTRUCTION OF THE ROMAN MISSAL' USA'S ADAPTATION FOR METHODS OF DISTRIBUTING HOLY COMMUNION
Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, then President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued the American decree or adaptation on March 28, 2002, Holy Thursday.
The following are the pertinent excepts from this American Adaptation in the 2002 GIRM:
1. (42)Among the ways of ministering the Precious Blood...Communion from the chalice is generally the preferred form in the Latin Church, provided that it can be carried out properly according to the norms and without any risk of even apparent irreverence toward the Blood of Christ."
(Other Forms of Distribution of the Precious Blood)
2. (48) Distribution of the Precious Blood by a spoon or through a straw is not customary in the Latin Dioceses of the USA.
3. (49) Holy Communion may be distributed by intinction...(a brief description on how to do this is included)
My final comments: #42 contains a fib. Communion (by drinking) from the (common) Chalice cannot be seen as the "preferred" method of distributing the Precious Blood in the Latin Rite because it simply is not done in Rome or at the Vatican. It is always done by intinction there, not drinking directly from the chalice and even by the concelebrants at a papal liturgy. In fact this norm of intinction for all concelebrants in the Latin Rite is indicated in #249 of "The Different Forms of Celebrating Mass) in the normal GIRM!
I see an agenda in this liturgical norm of the USA perpetuated by some liturgist who wrote this lie. However receiving the Precious Blood by intinction is receiving the Precious Blood from the chalice which can rightly be understood as the "preferred" form in the Latin Church, as opposed to receiving by way of a spoon or straw. I've never seen a spoon or straw used in a Latin Rite parish, but certainly in the various Eastern Rites this may well be the case.