Candles for Mass

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Q: Am I understanding this right? The GIRM says two candles are sufficient  for Mass but for Eucharistic Adoration 4-6 are required? == A: Yes. GIRM 117 says two suffice for Mass. The same pertains to a communion service at a church (Holy Communion and Worship of the Eucharist 19). Exposition in a monstrance requires 4 or 6 candles. Exposition in a ciborium requires two (85). Perhaps the restraint at the Mass is another reminder that we gather for the eucharist first to give thanks, not to adore.

Paschal Candle

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Q: Many thanks for your guidance and direction in all liturgical matters.  During the Lenten season the Paschal Candle has been at the baptismal font.  When should it be removed during Holy Week as we prepare for the Paschal Triduum? == A: It remains in place until the Easter Vigil. Then the old candle is put away, and the stand is moved next to the ambo or in the middle of the sanctuary.

More on the humeral veil

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Q: On Good Friday, the priest is instructed to have the humeral veil on as he brings out the blessed sacrament to the altar. From what I can tell, there is no instruction for him to take it off. Would he leave it on as he distributes communion, so that he can use it to repose the Eucharist? == A: The priest should remove the humeral veil when it has completed its function: moving the Blessed Sacrament from the tabernacle to the altar. He would definitely not distribute communion wearing the humeral veil. The garment has more to do with …

Old Testament Readings

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Q: If we were to limit the Old Testament readings to three, one of which would be the Exodus passage, which should they be? == A: You’re required to have at least one from the historical books and one from the prophets. Exodus is required. So you need at least one from Isaiah, Baruch or Ezekiel. The third choice can be any of the five that remain.

Easter Vigil in a pandemic

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Q: Thank you for your blessed blog and wonderful insights. We’re shortening up our Easter Vigil this year for pandemic reasons, only doing 3 OT readings, for example, and the Litany of Saints came up. We’re wondering if it would be “liturgically OK” to shorten up the number of saints, for time considerations. Thank you, == A: Thanks for your comments on my blog. Oh, you probably could shorten it. There is a precedent for that with the order of baptism of children. We’re making lots of shortcuts during the pandemic, decisions we would never make in other times of …

Sedar/Passover

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Q: Some decades ago, at parishes, in religious communities and on retreats,  etc some  people used re-enact (?) a Sedar/Passover meal prior to the Celebration of The Lord’s Supper.  I suspect this custom is no longer appropriate today, given the need to be more sensitive and respectful of a sacred Jewish ritual? Is there any way you suggest the meal which Jesus commemorated with his followers on the night before he died can be commemorated by Christians? Is there any script available, one which respects Jewish sensibilities, that has Jewish and Catholic authorisation? Thanks Paul for your wonderful leadership in …

Incensing the paschal candle

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Q: The paschal candle is incensed during the Easter Vigil. It has become customary in some places to incense it as you would the altar cross during the entrance procession and/or the preparation of the gifts throughout Easter. What are your thoughts on this practice? Practically, it can be awkward if the ambo and paschal candle are some distance away from the altar. May God bless you in these last days of Lent, == A: I do not support the custom of incensing the paschal candle during Easter Time apart from the moments preceding the Exsultet. I’m not sure how …

Good Friday Liturgy

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Q: At the conclusion of the Good Friday Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion the deacon, or if there is no deacon, the priest himself, says “Bow down for the blessing.” Then a prayer over the people is said by the priest as has been done throughout Lent. The missal does not explicitly indicate whether or not a blessing is to be given.  In “Glory in the Cross” you state, “This prayer over the people, however, does not conclude with the traditional trinitarian blessing.” You go on to say, “It is a prayer over the people, not a solemn blessing. It …

Sacramental initiation

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Q: We have a 14 year old that was Baptized last year in another parish, but never received Confirmation or Eucharist – can she receive those sacraments this coming Easter Vigil or should it be some other time? == A: If the child was baptized by a priest, someone should contact the priest to educate him on his responsibilities for sacramental initiation. Anyway, to your question, the parish may give first holy communion. But to confirm requires permission from the bishop. The pastor needs to send a letter or email requesting it.