The diligent John of Leaflet Missal, in the wake of the great Seminarian Biretta Project (ongoing) has sent me a mighty tool of the New Evangelization.
Behold a “scruple spoon”.
I lacked this weapon of demon-terrorizing in my liturgical arsenal. Thanks to John.
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“But Father! But Father!”, some libs are puling, “That’s a huge ladle of a thing! How big is your ‘precious chalice’? Does hating Vatican II mean that you are scrupulous, too? HA HA!”
Nope, it means none of those things. It does mean, however, that I adhere to what Unreconstructed Ossified Manualists hold: pour too much water into the wine and you have invalid matter for consecration. We learn from Tanquerey (that tonic for the soul), that “quinta pars aquae ad vinum corrumpendum non sufficiat … a fifth part of water isn’t enough to break [the substance of] the wine”, and thus render it invalid matter for consecration.
Fathers, if you don’t use much wine, which is my practice, you had better be careful with that water!
So, the careful priest, and I am careful, has the option of a little spoon, often called a “scruple spoon”.
As far as the size of the spoon is concerned, here are a couple objects to add perspective, namely, a .45 ACP snap cap and a packet of hot sauce from Chick-fil-A.
You “dunk” the spoon into the narrow neck of the cruet to fish up some water.
You never have to worry. One less thing.
One of you readers and frequent donors here, MH, sent a bunch of cards she had made with the Apostolic Pardon/Blessing printed in Latin and English. They are wallet-sized. She said I should give them to priests…. and I will!
More about the Apostolic Benediction HERE.