From a reader:
Good Morning Fr. Zuhlsdorf,
I ordered the booklet from Angleus Press about Laundering Linens. Before I approach the head sacristan, I would like your opinion.
When folding the purificator the booklet says that the embroidered cross should face the sacred species. I am up against a very "fragile" sacristan and I want to make sure that is correct before I approach her.
I am a convert and was in an Altar Guild in the Episcopal church. I remember that the cross did face the wine, but now that I am catholic and working in another sacristy, they do it just the opposite. The cross faces up toward the priest. I would assume that the SSP way is correct, except that I have found 2 mistakes in the booklet..starting on the front cover. The corporal is upside down in the photo. The other is the first way to fold a purificator with the cross enclosed (like a corporal). If you have the booklet, take a look.
Anyway, do you have the correct answer? I love our priest, but he isn’t much help with these sort of "technical" issues in the sacristy.
There are many things which really make a difference in how Holy Mass is celebrated.
This is not one of the major things.
I don’t have a strong opinion on this. When I iron purificators, I make sure the cross winds up on the outside of the folds so that it can be seen. I iron the folds in such a way that the cross is up when I place it on the chalice.
After that, I don’t pay much attention to it.
But if I were you, I would work this out with the sacristan and with the priest.
More important than all of this is that the purificator be absorbent. In another entry here a few people suggested ways to launder linens so as to preserve this essential property.