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Hoc in situ interretiali ordinantur responsiones, explanationes, et decreta ex « Notitiae » aliisque interdum fontibus (ut AAS) desumpta, quae aliis locis modo promptiore haud inveniuntur. Finis est praestare textum originalem, versionem anglicam, et exemplar PDF paginarum pertinentium ex « Notitiae » vel alio fonte. Presens igitur labor opusculum « Ordo Missae locis correspondentibus illustratus » aliquatenus extendit. Est enim labor imperfectus quem, cum operae mihi est, suscipio. Denique domino Daniel Gill, domino Radosław Gosiewski, et domino Abram Córdova y Muenzberg, qui nonnullas ex responsionibus transcripserunt, gratias refero, item etiam dominae Crista Mootz, quae in linguam anglicam responsiones quasdam verteri adiuvavit. Exemplaria PDF exstant etiam textuum nondum transcriptorum. This website organizes responses, explanations, and decrees from Notitiae and sometimes from other sources (such as AAS) that are not readily available in other places. The goal is to provide the original text, an English translation, and a PDF scan of the relevant pages from Notitiae or other source. In some ways, the project is a further development of my Cross-Referenced Ordo Missae. This is an ongoing prject which I work on in my spare time. I am also grateful for the help of Mr. Daniel Gill, Mr. Radosław Gosiewski, and Mr. Abram Córdova y Muenzberg in transcribing some of these responses and also to Miss Crista Mootz for helping to translate certain responses into English. PDFs are available even for texts that have not yet been transcribed.
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N.B. In « Notitiae » 1 (1965) et 2 (1966), supra responsa, invenitur monitio: Solutio quae proponitur nullam induit vestem officialem. Solummodo habet valorem orientativum: solutiones enim ex officio publici iuris fient, si casus fert, a competenti Auctoritate in « Acta Apostolicae Sedis ». N.B. In Notitiae 1 (1965) and 2 (1966), this notice appears above the responses: The solution which is proposed takes on no official character. It has only an orientative force; solutions will be published officially, if the case warrants, by the competent Authority in « Acta Apostolicae Sedis ».

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72. Utrum liceat diacono, vi consuetudinis et magnae christifidelium affluentiae, in Missa sollemni ministerium suum ad altare relinquere ad sacram Communionem distribuendam?

Resp.: Negative. Quod vetitum fuit iam per Cod. rubr. n. 502: « Tempus proprium sanctae Communionis fidelibus distribuendae est infra Missam, post Communionem sacerdotis celebrantis, qui ipsemet eam petentibus distribuat, nisi propter grandem communicantium numerum conveniat, ut ab alio vel ab aliis sacerdotibus adiuvetur ».

Dedecet omnino, ut in eodem altari, in quo actu Missa celebratur, ab alio sacerdote (sive in casu: a diacono) sancta Communio distribuatur, extra tempus Communionis proprium.

72. Whether it is permitted for the deacon, by virtue of custom and a large gathering of the faithful, to abandon his ministry at the altar in a solemn Mass for the purpose of distributing holy Communion?

Resp.: In the negative. This was already forbidden by the Cod. rubr. n. 502: « The proper time for distributing holy Communion to the faithful is within the Mass, after the Communion of the priest celebrant, who should himself distribute to those who seek it, unless on account of a large number of communicants it is desirable that he be helped by another or by other priests ».

It is altogether unfitting that at the same altar upon which the Mass is actually being celebrated holy Communion should be distributed by another priest (or in this case, a deacon) outside of the proper time for Communion.

Notitiae 1 (1965), 253, n. 72communion, deaconPDF of Notitiae 1 (1965), 253