Wednesday, July 18, 2012
PRIDE IS THE NEMISIS OF EITHER FORM OF THE ONE LATIN RITE
The problem with worship is also its strength. It is very personal and we all have our personal preferences, many of which are built upon our fallen nature, the sin of pride. So what is a Catholic to do with his pride? He should acknowledge it as sin, repent, confess, do penance and go and sin no more.
For example, we all have our own preferences for certain parts of the Mass and now that we have two forms of the one Roman Rite, we each have our own preferences depending on which form we attend. Normally, there should not be mixing and matching, unless the rubrics or the General Instruction allows.
For example, some have commented that they don't like being distracted by singing, or should I say, chanting, during Holy Communion, yet the GIRM of 2002 states that the Communion Chant begins while the priest is receiving the Sacrament. How does one square their personal preference for the law of the liturgy in the Ordinary Form?
So let's review what the law is and in humble obedience which means setting aside one's pride, should we not follow it?
The pertinent GIRM requirements for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at Holy Communion, the Sacred Meal and Sacred Procession:
159. The Communion chant begins while the priest is receiving the Sacrament (cf. no. 86).
160. The priest then takes the paten or ciborium and goes to the communicants, who, as a rule, approach in a procession.
The faithful are not permitted to take the consecrated bread or the sacred chalice by themselves and, still less, to hand them from one to another. The norm for reception of Holy Communion in the dioceses of the United States is standing. Communicants should not be denied Holy Communion because they kneel. Rather, such instances should be addressed pastorally, by providing the faithful with proper catechesis on the reasons for this norm.
When receiving Holy Communion, the communicant bows his or her head before the Sacrament as a gesture of reverence and receives the Body of the Lord from the minister. The consecrated host may be received either on the tongue or in the hand, at the discretion of each communicant. When Holy Communion is received under both kinds, the sign of reverence is also made before receiving the Precious Blood.
161. If Communion is given only under the species of bread, the priest raises the host slightly and shows it to each, saying, Corpus Christi (The Body of Christ). The communicant replies, Amen, and receives the Sacrament either on the tongue or, where this is allowed and if the communicant so chooses, in the hand. As soon as the communicant receives the host, he or she consumes it entirely.
If, however, Communion is given under both kinds, the rite prescribed in nos. 284-287 is followed.
162. The priest may be assisted in the distribution of Communion by other priests who happen to be present. If such priests are not present and there is a very large number of communicants, the priest may call upon extraordinary ministers to assist him, i.e., duly instituted acolytes or even other faithful who have been deputed for this purpose. In case of necessity, the priest may depute suitable faithful for this single occasion.
These ministers should not approach the altar before the priest has received Communion, and they are always to receive from the hands of the priest celebrant the vessel containing either species of the Most Holy Eucharist for distribution to the faithful.