Tag Archives: Eucharist

ASK FATHER: Why do we call Eucharist “Bread” in Novus Ordo?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: My wife who is to be received into the Church at the the Easter vigil (Deo gratias!) recently asked me why in the Novus Ordo Missae one of the options for the Memorial Acclamation is “When … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Sister goes shopping while carrying the Eucharist to the sick. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From a reader… I work at a religious supply store and yesterday a local religious sister came in and asked to be shown our selection of pyxes. I led her to the cabinet where they are kept and indicated that … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Burying “extra” Hosts after Good Friday

From a priest… QUAERITUR: I am a new priest. My pastor tells me that after the Good Friday liturgy, he buries any leftover consecrated hosts, so that the tabernacle is “fresh” for the “new beginning” of Easter. Is this a … Read More

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ALERT! A “wine” that perhaps isn’t really wine!

As you know, for the consecration of the Eucharist to be VALID, we must use wine from grapes.  It can be fortified wine, but it must be wine (HERE). Today I received a link from a reader which I am … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Priest gives Host to woman holding a napkin.

From a reader: Today I was at daily mass at a local parish. At communion, a lady came forward with a napkin and held it out to the priest who was distributing communion. He proceeded to place three or four … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Tabernacle v. Monstrance and the presence people

From a reader: Why is it inappropriate to leave the Blessed Sacrament alone when exposed in a monstrance (e.g. Adoration Chapels must have at least one adorer at all times), but appropriate to do so when it is replaced in … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Is sherry valid matter for the consecration during Mass?

From a reader: There had been several discussions recently about the topic of valid matter for the Eucharist, mostly related to low-gluten hosts and hosts using matter other than wheat. This made me remember something that happened at my parish … Read More

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POLL: Length of time of the elevation of the Host and Precious Blood during Mass

I FIXED THE POLL WIDGET Several people have written to me about the length of time a priest does/should elevate the Host and the chalice after the consecration. The length of time I elevate the Host is, of course, ideal. … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Reserving the Precious Blood, confusion during concelebration

From a priest: I need help from an ossified unreconstructed manualist! This morning I was a concelebrant at Mass with two other priests. After the consecration I was astounded to see a chalice with previously consecrated Precious Blood brought from … Read More

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WDTPRS: Corpus Christi – I affirm my subjugation to Christ vanquisher of hell and my sins.

Here is a photo I took a few years ago in the Vatican Gardens during a Corpus Christi procession.  That great edifice in the background is back of St. Peter’s Basilica.  It isn’t often you get Swiss Guards to carry … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Can I take Communion home for my sick wife?

From a reader: Am I allowed to take home communion for my sick wife & in what. You are to be commended for wanting to help your wife benefit from the Eucharist.  I hope she is better soon. The short … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Must I receive Communion under both kinds when offered?

From a reader: “You have written on reception of Communion under both kinds before, I have a question about this. In my diocese Holy Communion is under both kinds. As a lay person is it acceptable to receive under both … Read More

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Benedict XVI’s sermon for Holy Thursday evening Lord’s Supper Mass – a theology of kneeling

The Pope’s sermon for Holy Mass evening “Supper” Mass. Within this sermon there is a tremendous reflection on the posture of kneeling. My emphases and comments: Dear Brothers and Sisters! Holy Thursday is not only the day of the institution … Read More

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American Bishop receives kudos from the Pope for reordering sacraments

This should cause some discussion! From CNA: Bishop Aquila receives Pope’s praise for reordering sacraments By David Kerr Rome, Italy, Mar 8, 2012 / 03:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Samuel Aquila of Fargo said he is delighted to have first-hand … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Purifying fingers after handling the Eucharist… not.

From a reader: I went to a well said Latin low Mass this morning. The celebrant and a deacon gave communion to the faithful. The celebrant followed the rubrics after communion to consume the sacred particles and rinse his fingers. … Read More

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Veils, ciboria, baldachins, and the Eucharist.

A priest acquaintance, Fr. Bede Rowe, has on his interesting blog A Chaplain Abroad, an entry about a veil for a ciborium. A ciborium is a sacred vessel which resembles a chalice but with a cover used for hosts to … Read More

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Is this list complete?

On the site of the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minnesota, The Catholic Spirit, there is a list of reasons why we go to Mass.  It seems the Catholic Spirit have plucked this from Card. O’Malley of … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Host became stuck in my throat. Did I commit sacrilege?

From a reader: I went to Mass and Benediction this evening and at Communion time, and I under-estimated how small the pieces of host were in my mouth before swallowing, and there was a really large sharp chunk that got … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Priest brushes his hands off over floor after handling Hosts

From a reader: This morning we got the double whammy. After subjecting us to the “We are the Eucharist” homily, the priest, after moving the Hosts from one ciborium to another, brushed his hands off over the floor (carpeted.) Is … Read More

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QUAERITUR: shaking down the Lord

From a reader: At the Holy Thursday night mass, there were more hosts than would easily fit into the three ciboria. The deacon held the tops down and gave each one a vigorous shake. When this didn’t quite do it … Read More

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