Sep 20, 2005

L.A. rules

The following is from the Paulist run University Catholic Center at UCLA. It is not uncommon to see the same or similar "liturgical" guidelines followed in parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The italicized text are my comments. RS refers to Redemptionis Sacramentum.

Instructions for Eucharistic Ministers (sic).

The correct term is extraordinary minister of Holy Communion. The name "Minister of the Eucharist" belongs exclusively to a validly ordained priest (RS, 154-155). I am prescinding from the very important question of whether in the context of Mass at St. Mark's extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion are even warranted (RS, 157-158)

Before Mass:

Go to the altar right after you give the Sign of Peace to those around you. As you go, stop by the credence table in the hallway to pick up the extra plates, chalices and purificators. The person with the plates should walk towards the side of the altar closest to the ambo (lectern). The person with the chalices should walk towards the side of the altar closest to the music group. This same person pours wine (sic) into the chalices, and places the pitcher on the presider's table. The others divide, two to a plate, to help break the Eucharistic Bread into bite size pieces. Then, take a step back from the altar along with the presider. Join in proclaiming, "Lord, I am not worthy..."

First, it isn't wine, it's the Precious Blood of Christ! Second, Redemptionis Sacramentum expressly forbids the pouring of the Precious Blood. Third, pitchers, flagons, decanters and other such containers are never to be used (RS, 106).

Go to your communion station. If you don't know where to stand, ask the MC before Mass. If you are holding a chalice, please stand as far back from the person with the plate as possible, so that a line may form. As you administer the bread and wine, you may say the person's name if you know it. "N, the Body of Christ." "N, the Blood of Christ."

Give blessings to anyone one comes forward with a hand over their heart or shoulder. Also give a blessing to any small child who is coming forward with or carried by a parent. Place your hand on their shoulder or head, and pronounce a short inclusive (some of them may not be Catholic or Christian) blessing. For example, "May the Lord bless you and strengthen you and give you Wisdom." or similar words.

There is no provision in the liturgical books for giving of a blessing, inclusive or otherwise, to a non-communicant during the communion rite. Nor is there any proscription of it, although some have argued, somewhat forcefully, that this practice, which has become commonplace, should be discontinued.

Gather with the presider behind the altar after all have received. All receive the bread at the same time. Chew for a while and then offer the cup to one another.

The priest is to communicate before the distribution of communion to the faithful and not after everyone else has received (RS, 97). If there are extraordinary ministers of communion, they are to receive Holy Communion directly from the priest. They are not to distribute communion to one another(RS, 94).

Clear the altar. After all have received, the person who placed the pitcher on the presider's table should retrieve it along with one of the chalices. The others carry the left-over bread (sic), chalices, purificators, and corporal back to the sacristry as reverently as possible. Light a small tea candle next to the sacred elements, and HURRY BACK TO THE ASSEMBLY! We wait for you before we continue.

Once the distribution of Communion has been completed, the remaining consecrated hosts should be placed in the tabernacle by the priest or deacon and the Precious Blood should be immediately consumed by the priest or other minister (RS, 107).

After Mass:

Gather in the sacristy, and consume any remaining consecrated bread and wine. If there is a lot, Please recruit other members of the community to assist you. Rinse the vessels with a little water and then consume it. Wash and then rinse the vessels, dry them, and return them to their proper places.

No, not in the sacristy after Mass (RS, 107).

Isn't it wonderful that there are no liturgical abuses in L.A.


Anonymous Suzie said...

Of course, Cardinal Mahony said there are no liturgical abuses in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Yeah, right.

8:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"consecrated bread"?? What is that? I thought that it was the body and blood of Christ under the appearance of bread. Hence, it is no actually bread anymore. It appears that whoever authored the instructions does not have faith in the Eucharist.

8:59 AM  
Blogger John Hearn said...


Don't you know that to talk about our Lord's Body and Blood in the Eucharist is down right unecumenical? How would the good Cardinal be able to face his rich and famous non-Catholic and dissident friends a cocktail parties and sumptuous dinners if he put such embarrassingly medieval notions out in official RCALA publications?

4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so thankful that I don't have to tolerate these things, nor worry about them. I have left the Novus Ordo service and only attend the Traditional Latin Mass. May our Holy Father Benedict XVI have the courage to fulfill his papal oath and reprimand errant bishops and priests.

1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Anonymous 1:23 PM: "I am so thankful that I don't have to tolerate these things, nor worry about them."

I, too, attend the Traditional Latin Mass, but we as Catholics must worry about these liturgical abuses. These abuses are slaps on Jesus' face and we must worry and be proactive to stop these abuses. We need good, orthodox Catholics who will help the Novus Ordo Masses (because these are still valid Masses and the majority of Catholics attend these). We need to help Christ's flock! We must work to restore all things in Christ!

8:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"(because these are still valid Masses and the majority of Catholics attend these)."

You are assuming that I believe that the Novus Ordo service described above is valid or that I believe that the Novus Ordo in general is valid. The service described above is not valid. In fact, the Vatican has complained that many of the Novus Ordo services in the USA are invalid. Scholars have concluded, based on Thomistic theology and the writings of Pope Leo XIII, that the Novus Ordo is conclusively invalid. I lack the intellect to know for certain and rely solely on Divine Mercy; however, anyone who has studied the matter can conclude that the Novus Ordo is deficient and more likely to be invalid.

Since the service described above is clearly invalid, they are merely receiving bread. Thank God for this; otherwise, it truly would be a slap in the Face of Christ.

More, it is wrong to assume that I do not work to restore all things to Christ, simply because we may differ on our perspective or in expressing our opinions.

In Christo et Maria...

11:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous 11:46 AM:

I assume you to be a member of SSPX or some independent and/or sedavacanist "Catholic?"

5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your assumption is incorrect, though I am sympathetic to all who support and fight for tradition, which includes the SSPX and independent, validly ordained priests. I attend the "Indult" Mass; however, the indult is unjust. Permission does not need to be granted for a Mass that was never abrogated. And if you read my first comment more thoroughly, you would have noticed that I wrote: "May our Holy Father Benedict XVI have the courage to fulfill his papal oath and reprimand errant bishops and priests." Very strange comment for a sedevacantist to make, wouldn't you think? In Christo et Maria...

9:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The corrupting of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the archdiocese is an action straight from the pit of hell. How many Masses are valid when the matter used is invalid?

I hope the civil authorities get through the army of diocesan lawyers and start exposing the criminal rot.

Change will come. The faithful must endure a while longer.

7:38 AM  

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