In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q:  Do all the cups and patens that will be used to distribute communion have to be placed on the corporal in order for them to be considered consecrated?  

Thanks for being so quick to respond to these kinds of questions.


A:  Traditionally, sacraments come about by the proper use of form and matter. In the case of the Eucharist, it’s the words of consecration and the matter of bread and wine.

The corporal plays no role in consecration, but it is an important element in the proper celebration of the Eucharist.