Top Chef!

Deborah Gyapong was at the installation mass of Pierre-Andre Durocher, the new Archbishop of Gatineau. You can read her coverage here.

Everyone’s just so happy about it, except perhaps me. And the beat of disobedience and rebellion in the Liturgy (and by extension, Authority) goes on.

Figures. It’s not like this is a big surprise.

I thought this picture summed it up perfectly….

The Congregation for Divine Worship a few years ago put out a document called Redemptionis Sacramentum concerning various liturgical abuses. It mentions this very thing.

3. Sacred Vessels

[117.] Sacred vessels for containing the Body and Blood of the Lord must be made in strict conformity with the norms of tradition and of the liturgical books. The Bishops’ Conferences have the faculty to decide whether it is appropriate, once their decisions have been given the recognitio by the Apostolic See, for sacred vessels to be made of other solid materials as well. It is strictly required, however, that such materials be truly noble in the common estimation within a given region, so that honour will be given to the Lord by their use, and all risk of diminishing the doctrine of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharistic species in the eyes of the faithful will be avoided. Reprobated, therefore, is any practice of using for the celebration of Mass common vessels, or others lacking in quality, or devoid of all artistic merit or which are mere containers, as also other vessels made from glass, earthenware, clay, or other materials that break easily. This norm is to be applied even as regards metals and other materials that easily rust or deteriorate.

A key word here is reprobated. This is a techincal term meaning that it is abolished, or forbidden in such a complete way that no one can appeal to custom (‘but we`ve been doing this for years now!”) nor can anyone try to establish a custom by violating the law over a long period of time.

In other words…. NO GLASS CHALICES. (Source)

…and from the same Redemptionis Sacramentum:

[105.] If one chalice is not sufficient for Communion to be distributed under both kinds to the Priest concelebrants or Christ’s faithful, there is no reason why the Priest celebrant should not use several chalices.For it is to be remembered that all Priests in celebrating Holy Mass are bound to receive Communion under both kinds. It is praiseworthy, by reason of the sign value, to use a main chalice of larger dimensions, together with smaller chalices.[106.] However, the pouring of the Blood of Christ after the consecration from one vessel to another is completely to be avoided, lest anything should happen that would be to the detriment of so great a mystery. Never to be used for containing the Blood of the Lord are flagons, bowls, or other vessels that are not fully in accord with the established norms.

From the General Instruction in the Roman Missal for Canada:

85. For Communion under both kinds the following should be prepared:If Communion from the chalice is done by drinking directly from the chalice, a chalice of a sufficiently large size or several chalices are prepared. However, care should be taken lest beyond what is needed of the Blood of Christ remains to be consumed at the end of the celebration.

It appears from this picture that the bishops are in violation of Redemptionis Sacramentum.   The rubrics are these: if you are having Communion under both Species then you must have multiple chalices on the Altar. The wine can be poured from a large flagon as shown, but it cannot be consecrated in these vessels and then poured into the vessels.

3 thoughts on “Top Chef!

  1. So em, why did you have this post originally password protected? This seems like your usual serving of Pacheco on So Con.

  2. Good work picking up on this…keep on “exposing” the liturgical abuses….eventually people will become informed and will come to see the relevance of defending our Lord in this way!

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