Thursday, January 2, 2020


His Holiness gives bishops and priests around the world a great teaching on the elevations at the Mass after each consecration. He lifts both the Sacred Host and Chalice of Precious Blood HIGH AND  LONG at each of His Holiness' Masses.

And the crucifix is central and facing His Holiness as a symbol of facing the east or the Cross at Golgotha. 


Anonymous said...

Yes, waiting...and waiting..and waiting. We have prayers every Sunday up here thata the Holy Spirit guide those involved in the process, but it would be nice to have a little more openness, like what is the timetable? Is there a diocesan profile somewhere the laity could access to see issues that confront the next archbishop? Candidates? It is ironic that the aristocratic Episcopal Church is more open with their process than our supposedly economically diverse Catholic Church.

Anonymous said...

Ok. Again it’s important to stop doing things in the Mass that you think are good.

Priests NEVER elevated the consecrated species for long extended periods in the Latin Rite. Never.

The pope was the only one when elevating the host and chalice elevated them North, South , East and West. Every other priest or bishop or cardinal consecrated the host or the chalice then immediately genuflected, then momentarily elevated the consecrated host and chalice and then genuflected again.....and got on with the Mass. There was no emotion, no drama, no affected piety. The priest was a man who really acted like a man, in persona Christi and celebrated the Mass the way it had always been celebrated everywhere all over the world without deviation. Look at old videos of Mass celebrated before 1962, not the ones celebrated today because personal preference has crept in these celebrations. The celebrations of Mass were clear, crisp and to the point. No drama, no fake piety. No doing this or that because a priest thought it was better to do it this way.

Anonymous said...

"The rubrics foresee three presentations of the consecrated species, although many liturgists would say that only one is technically an elevation.

The first of these immediately follows the consecration of each species. The rubric says that the priest “shows the consecrated host to the people, places it again on the paten, and genuflects in adoration.” Similarly for the chalice, “He shows the chalice to the people, places it again on the corporal, and genuflects in adoration.”

No indication is offered as to the duration of either the showing or the genuflection. Here one must be guided by the general principles of the Roman rite, which eschews exaggerated or dramatic gestures. Since the showing is done so that the people can see host and chalice, and the genuflection is an act of adoration, these gestures should not be done hurriedly but with a degree of pause and decorum that underlines their liturgical function.

It is probably best that the elevation be made slightly above the priest’s head level so that he too can gaze at the host in a natural way.

Elevating the host and chalice as high as possible is best reserved for those occasions when Mass is celebrated ad orientem, or toward the altar. If this is done while facing the people, it can be ungainly and a cause of distraction rather than of edification."