Adoration and Exposition

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Q: Is there a minimum number of worshipers required before adoration can proceed? == A: It can be as few as one or two. See Holy Communion and Worship of the Eucharist Outside Mass 90. But a priest is not supposed to expose the Blessed Sacrament for his own private prayer. Any exposition should take place according to the ritual – proper vestments and incense, for example. The idea is to keep the solemnity of the experience even when only one or two people are there.

Pascal candle

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Q: Good afternoon! I had a question/favor to ask. I was wondering if you could offer a suggestion or solution that I could share with other Liturgists in regards to paschal candle? Many of us are omitting the Easter Vigil and will just be celebrating Easter Sunday morning. How can we incorporate blessing and lighting the paschal candle on Sunday morning?  Any guidance you can provide is greatly appreciated. Thank you! == A: In this unusual year, prepare the candle in the sacristy without ceremony, put it in the stand, and  light it before mass begins on Sunday.This will sound …

Holy Week questions

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Q: Since the Transfer of the Blessed Sacrament to the place of repose is omitted on Holy Thursday and the Blessed Sacrament is placed in the tabernacle, would it make any sense to still incense the Blessed Sacrament before it is placed in tabernacle?  Would it be appropriate to still sing the Pange Lingua and Tantum Ergo as the Blessed Sacrament is being placed in the tabernacle? Or would you suggest that the liturgy end in silence?  Our tabernacle is not in the sanctuary. Would the priest need to come back to the sanctuary and reverence the altar before recessing out of the nave? …

Palm Sunday third form

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Q: I have two questions I hope you can answer. On Palm Sunday, following the Third Form, it seems that there is no Gospel reading, just a procession by ministers to the altar. It then says after the entrance antiphon the priest, “continues the Mass in the usual way”. So, two questions:     1) When and where are palms blessed?     2) Is there a Penitential Act? == A: The third form includes no blessing or distribution of palms, no reading of the Palm Sunday gospel. I was surprised to see the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline …

Proclaiming the Passion

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Q: Why do we read the Passion on Palm Sunday and on Good Friday? == A: There’s evidence for proclaiming the Passion as far back as the third or fourth century. Prior to Vatican II all four Passion accounts were proclaimed during Holy Week – two of them on weekdays. The Passion of John is always proclaimed on Good Friday. That is the most fitting day to hear one of the accounts. But the Church in wisdom knows that not everyone will attend the services on Good Friday. Hoping they’ll at least be there on the Sunday before Easter, the …

Palms in the time of Covid-19

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Q: The deacon will bless the palms and have them outside at the doors where they can be picked up by the faithful. We would like to live-stream the blessing, proclamation of the Gospel, and the Liturgy of the Word with homily; all with the deacon as the minister.Is this allowed?  Is there a better way? “Thank you”  is truly not enough for the love of the liturgy that you share. == A: What you plan is probably fine under the circumstances of the pandemic, but I suggest you check with your bishop’s office to make sure that he has …

Eucharistic Prayer for Holy Thursday

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Q: Is Eucharistic Prayer I required for Holy Thursday? == A: No. I usually use it each year, but you could also use II or III. I guess you could even make a case for one of the eucharistic prayers for reconciliation.

Easter Vigil

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Q: Is the Easter Vigil required? Just asking! I would assume it is. == A: Actually, it’s not. If not celebrated, then the priest is to pray the Easter Office of Readings. Seriously, you may cancel the vigil.

Easter Vigil Readings

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Q: There are seven Old Testament readings for the Easter Vigil with option to narrow the selection to three. With the current situation of Masses without an assembly, no sacraments of initiation, and the current Decree from Pope Francis omitting the Easter Fire … paragraph 21 speaks of additional special circumstances … for the Easter Vigil, can the number of Old Testament readings be reduced to one? == A: The Vatican has not given permission for fewer than three Old Testament readings. But if you are concerned about the length of the ceremony causing safety concerns in 2020, the liturgy …

Holy Week

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Q: Will it be possible to celebrate Holy Week after the masses resume in May or so? == A: No. Please take a look at the Vatican’s web site: https://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/it/bollettino/pubblico/2020/03/25/0181/00409.html#en. Easter comes when it comes. It is always a time of rejoicing, even amid a pandemic.