Archive for December, 2008

Reception of the Eucharist

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

I was reminded recently of the prevailing ignorance of liturgical symbolism, and the relation of the liturgical rubrics to this symbolism, by an argument I had recently with a priest, who was defending the practice of those who receive communion coming up and taking the chalice from the altar, after having received the Sacred Body from the priest, as well as the practice of handing the chalice from one person to another.

Both of these practices are explicitly forbidden by the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, as well as by the document on practices and abuses in the Liturgy, Redemptionis Sacramentum.

“The faithful are not permitted to take the consecrated bread or the sacred chalice by themselves, and, still less, to hand them from one to another” (General Instruction of the Roman Missal, n. 160; Cf. Redemptionis Sacramentum, n. 94).

General Instruction of the Roman Missal

Redemptionis Sacramentum: On certain matters to be observed or to be avoided regarding the Most Holy Eucharist

The reason for the practice is a simple one. The priest represents Christ giving his Body and Blood to his Mystical Body, the Church, to the faithful who receive it. The faithful are in the position of recipients: they receive Christ’s Body and Blood from Christ, and this should be represented also in the form by which they receive.

Spoof of anti-religious advertisment

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

life of an atheist
This photo was a response (thanks to Ignatius Insight) to the anti-religious advertisement campaign developed in London, with ads reading “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.”

It is taken for granted, of course, by the original ad, that the existence of God is a cause for worry rather than peace and happiness. A propos of this, see these reflections on Paul’s teaching on predestination as a cause of joy in St. Paul.

Free Catholic Books Search Engine

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

This site mostly aims to make available Catholic books, or notes and reviews on Catholic books that are not available elsewhere. But naturally, some people come to this site looking for certain particular Catholic books that are not available on this site–recently, for example, someone came looking for children’s books and missals. To help with this, we’ve added a custom engine to search for free catholic books. We plan to add a second search that will include both free Catholic books and books that are only available for purchase.