Storing consecrated wine

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Q : A question has been raised at our parish about how to properly store consecrated wine overnight. The situation came up during the Triduum, when we had consecrated hosts for use at the Good Friday service. The priest had also consecrated wine, since we have a number of parishioners with celiac’s disease. It was stored in a glass carafe overnight for use the next day. One of our religious education instructors raised a concern about this. She had been teaching the children that consecrated wine can only be stored in a vessel lined with gold, and she was concerned …

Vigil of Pentecost

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Q: Our Bishop will come to celebrate the mass of Confirmation and First Communion for our children. I just realized that the liturgy of the Vigil Mass offers 4 readings and 1 Epistle and those readings make me confused about if I should use all of them for mass since the mass for Confirmation and 1st Communion will be pretty long, to be honest. My question is that, would it be possible for me to pick one of the 4 readings and use it as the First Reading of that mass and then the Epistle as the second reading ? …

Silver Jubilee

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Q: If a Silver Jubilee is on a Saturday of the year, would Vespers be of the Jubilee or that of Sunday?  ==A: Vespers would be of Sunday. 

Two Fonts

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Q: In our Church, the Altar and the Ambo are situated at a higher level than the pews, as is common in many churches. There are three steps ascending from the main floor to the altar. Our small font is located in front of the pews, next to the altar, but on the main floor. At the Easter Vigil, it has been customary for a different font to be created and placed next to the altar, on the same level. (This provides more room for those to be baptized and their sponsors and gives the assembly a better view.) This …

Paschal Candle at Adoration

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Q: At the seminary I attend we have one hour of Eucharistic Adoration every day. Most days Benediction and Reposition of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament takes place before either Vespers or Compline.  But on Wednesdays my community prays Vespers during the Holy Hour, before Benediction and Reposition of the Blessed Sacrament. On Thursdays, it’s a Holy Hour with Compline. My question is: should the Paschal Candle be lit during Eucharisitic Adoration? Should it only be lit when we actually are about to pray Vespers or Compline? Should the Paschal Candle not be lit at all when Jesus is …

Sacraments of initiation

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Q: Do you have anything that we can share with parents who balk at their unbaptized 7 y/o receiving all 3 sacraments of initiation?  They “want” their child to be confirmed with their class later…== A: I wrote this for Catechumenate with the other parents in mind, but it may help. https://paulturner.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/envy_confirmation.htm

Blessing of baptismal water

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Q: In the missal’s blessing of baptismal water, the priest says God willed that “even souls should be cleansed.” Is that a typo? Ruling out “odd souls”?== A: No, that’s correct. etiam means “also” or “too”. Water cleanses bodies, and it even cleanses souls.

Communion of the sick

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Do you agree that replying to a lay minister “And with your spirit” is not permitted for Communion of the sick? The liturgical book Holy Communion and the Worship of the Eucharist Outside of Mass has:“54. A priest or deacon administers communion or viaticum to the sick in the manner prescribed by the Rite of Anointing and Pastoral Care of the Sick. When an acolyte or an extraordinary minister, duly appointed, gives communion to the sick, the rite here described is followed.” The rite that follows has a greeting, “Peace to this house and to all who live in it”,  but there is no response. …

Dedication Mass

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Q: We have two churches in our parish with three Sunday masses, two at one Church and the other at the other Church.  Both of our dedication days fall in ordinary time so can be moved to the weekend masses.  As we are one parish do I offer the dedication masses just in the church of the dedication or at all masses at the weekend as the parish is one? == A: The solemnity applies only to the church with the title it received at its dedication. The day may be observed as a feast at the other church. And …

Posture during Liturgy of the Hours

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Q: In your blog post of 28 April about posture in the Liturgy of the Hours you wrote: “There are no directions pertaining to kneeling or bowing.” But Ceremonial of Bishops has in n. 68, under the heading “Signs of Reverence in General”:“a bow of the head is made at the name of Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the saint in whose honour the Mass or the liturgy of the hours is being celebrated;” The instructions about the position of the hands in this chapter also apply to the Liturgy of the Hours (104-109).  It also has in Part …