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84. Utrum ad concelebrationem Missae In Cena Domini requiratur licentia Ordinarii?

Resp.: Negative, nisi ob peculiares rationes (v. gr. ne desint Missae pro fidelibus), habeatur dispositio particularis contraria. Nam Constitutio liturgica, art. 57, 1a) et Ritus concelebrationis, 1, 1a) concedunt ipso iure omnibus sacerdotibus facultatem concelebrandi feria V in Cena Domini ad Missam vespertinam.

Notitiae 1 (1965), 307, n. 84concelebration, holy thursday, lord's supperPDF of Notitiae 1 (1965), 307

15. Suntne adhuc servandae peculiares formulae Canonis Romani pro Missa in Cena Domini?

Resp.: Affirmative. In novo Ordinae Missae non inveniuntur quia habentur iam suo loco, scilicet in Missali Romano ad Missam in Cena Domini, feria V Hebdomadae Sanctae.

Notitiae 5 (1969), 403–404, n. 15canon, eucharistic prayer, holy thursdayPDF of Notitiae 5 (1969), 403–404

3. Utrum Missa exsequialis celebrari possit Feria V Hebdomadae Sanctae et Triduo Sacro.

℟. Negative. Valent indicationes Missalis Romani:

Mane Feria V Hebdomadae Sanctae de more celebratur Missa Chrismatis (pp. 239-242). Praeter Missam vespertinam in Cena Domini « loci Ordinarius alteram Missam in ecclesiis et oratoriis publicis vel semipublicis permittere poterit, horis vespertinis celebrandam et, in casu verae necessitatis, etiam horis matutinis, sed tantummodo pro fidelibus qui nullomodo missam [sic] vespertinam participare valent » (p. 243). Aliae celebrationes eucharisticae Feria V Hebdomadae Sanctae omnino prohibentur.

Feria VI in Passione Domini, « Ecclesia, ex antiquissima traditione, sacramenta penitus non celebrat » (p. 250).

« Sabbato sancto Ecclesia ad sepulcrum Domini immoratur, ... a sacrificio Missae ... abstinendo » (p. 265).

Pro Dominica Paschae in Resurrectione Domini iam n. 336 IGMR prohibet Missam exsequialem, quia est sollemnitas de praecepto.

Notitiae 10 (1974), 145–146, n. 3calendar, funeral, holy thursday, requiem mass, triduumPDF of Notitiae 10 (1974), 145–146

Utrum deceat primam Communionem celebrare Quinta feria Hebdomadae Sanctae intra Missam « In Cena Domini »?

℟. Negative.

Sane quidem a Sacramento Baptismatis et Confirmationis seiuncta, prima plena participatio Eucharistiae cum sacrae Communionis receptione est Sacramentum quoddam initiationis christiane, theologice cum Pascha sociatum et sub specie celebrationis intra Vigiliam Paschalem constitutum (cf. Ordo initiationis christianae adultorum, Praenotanda, nn. 49, 58), alveus naturalis trium sacramentorum, quae, inter se intime coniuncta, « ad plenam staturam perducant christifideles, qui missionem totius populi christiani in Ecclesia et in mundo exercent » (Ordo baptismi parvulorum, De initiatione christiana, Praenotanda generalia, n. 2). Cum vero radix et nucleus omnium celebrationum diei dominici per circulum anni liturgici sit Vigilia Paschalis, statuitur, ut, quantum potest, sacramenta initiationis christianae celebrentur, nisi per Vigiliam, nempe « die dominico » (cf. Ordo initiationis christianae adultorum, Praenotanda, n. 59).

Non decet, igitur, primam plena participatio Eucharistiae, seu « prima Communio » [sic] in Missa « In Cena Domini » celebrare, non modo ratione mere theologica habita, sed etiam pastorali, cum populum a medio evento historico-salvifico celebratio haec distrahat eo tridui sacri die commemorato: « Tota animi attentio verti debet ad mysteria quae in Missa potissimum recoluntur: scilicet institutio Eucharistiae, Ordinis sacerdotalis institutio et mandatum Domini de caritate fraterna: quae quidem in homilia illustrentur » (Congregatio de Cultu Divino et Disciplina Sacramentorum, Litt. Circ. De festiis paschalibus praeparandis et celebrandis, n. 45).

Progrediente evolutione anni liturgici, exorta est autem celebratio quae, licet propriis peculiaritatibus, elementa tamen quaedam Missae « In Cena Domini » reduplicat, scilicet sollemnitas SS.mi Corporis et Sanguinis Christi. Haec sollemnitas, sicut et Dominicarum Paschae et Temporis « per annum » celebrationes, aptiora praeberent adiuncta celebrationi primae participationis Eucharistiae.

Whether it is fitting to celebrate first Communion on Thursday of Holy Week within the Mass « of the Lord's Supper »?

℟. In the negative.

Though it is separated from the Sacrament of Baptism and Confirmation, the first full participation in the Eucharist with the reception of holy Communion is a certain Sacrament of Christian initiation, theologically connected with Easter and under the aspect of celebration included in the Easter Vigil (cf. Ordo initiationis christianae adultorum, Praenotanda, nn. 49, 58), the natural channel of the three sacraments, which, intimately connected among themselves « lead to full stature the faithful who exercise the mission of the whole Christian people in the Church and in the world » (Ordo baptismi parvulorum, De initiatione christiana, Praenotanda generalia, n. 2). Since, then, the Easter Vigil is the root and nucleus of all Sunday celebrations throughout the course of the liturgical year, it is established that insofar as possible the sacraments of Christian initiation are celebrated, except during the Vigil, on « Sunday » (cf. Ordo initiationis christianae adultorum, Praenotanda, n. 59).

It is not fitting, therefore, to celebrate first full participation in the Eucharist, or « first Communion » at the Mass « of the Lord's Supper », not only for a merely theological reason, but also a pastoral one, since this celebration would distract the people from the historico-salvific event commemorated as part of the sacred Triduum on that day: « All the attention of the mind should be turned to the mysteries which are most of all recalled in this Mass, namely, the institution of the Eucharist, the institution of the priestly Order, and the commandment of the Lord regarding fraternal charity; these should also be illustrated in the homily » (Congregatio de Cultu Divino et Disciplina Sacramentorum, Litt. Circ. De festiis paschalibus praeparandis et celebrandis, n. 45).

As the evolution of the liturgical year progressed, there did arise a celebration that, granted it has its own characteristics, nevertheless reduplicates certain elements of the Mass « of the Lord's Supper », namely the solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. This solemnity, like the Sunday celebrations of Easter and of « Ordinary Time » would offer a more fitting venue for the celebration of first participation in the Eucharist.

Notitiae 38 (2002), 491first communion, holy thursday, lord's supperPDF of Notitiae 38 (2002), 491

Utrum liceat disponere in medio spatio ecclesiae mensam cum pane et vino prope altare vel in presbyterio occasione Missae « In Cena Domini » aut primae plenae participationis Eucharisticae, « primae Communionis » ut aiunt?

℟. Negative.

Normae ad hoc vigentes debitum momentum altaris explicate asseverant, cuius locus attentum sibi universum populum faciat oportet: « Expedit in omni ecclesia altare fixum inesse, quod Christum Iesum, Lapidem vivum (1 Petr 2, 4; cf. Eph 2, 20) clarius et permanenter significat; ceteris vero locis, sacris celebrationibus dicatis, altare potest esse mobile. Altare fixum dicitur, si ita exstruatur ut cum pavimento cohaereat ideoque amoveri nequeat; mobile vero si transferri possit » (Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani, n. 298). Inde fit ut unum necesse exstet altare, sedes praecipuissima presbyterii totiusque ecclesiae, quia participationem christifidelium singularitas eius foveret: « In novis ecclesiis exstruendis praestat unum altare erigi, quod in fidelium coetu unum Christum unamque Ecclesiae Eucharistiam significet. In ecclesiis vero iam exstructis, quando altare vetus ita situm est, ut difficilem reddat participationem populi nec transferri possit sine detrimento valoris artis, aliud altare fixum, arte confectum et rite dedicandum, exstruatur; et tantum super illud sacrae celebrationes peragantur. Ne fidelium attentio a novo altari distrahatur, altare antiquum ne sit peculiari modo ornatum » (Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani, n. 303).

Mos ergo mensam cum pane et vino disponendi ad Novissimam Cenam Iesu revocandam vel ad pueros collocandos in prima participatione eucharistica est symbolice iteratio, paedagogice distractio et pastoraliter inanis, cum populum ab altari distrahat, intellectum ponderis singulorum elementorum architecturae Ecclesiae confundat et minime participationem christifidelium foveat.

Whether it is permitted to set up in the middle of the church a table with bread and wine near the altar or in the sanctuary on the occasion of the Mass « of the Lord's Supper » or of the first full participation in the Eucharist, so-called « first Communion »?

℟. In the negative.

The norms in force regarding this have explicitly asserted the due importance of the altar, whose place should be recognized by all the people: « It is preferable that there be a fixed altar in every church, which more clearly and permanently signifies Jesus Christ, the living Stone (1 Petr 2, 4; cf. Eph 2, 20); in other places destined for sacred celebrations, the altar can be movable. An altar is called fixed if it constructed such that it is attached to the floor and therefore cannot be removed; it is movable if it can be moved elsewhere » (Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani, n. 298). Thus there arises the need to have one altar, the most important feature of the sanctuary and of the whole church, because the fact that there is only one fosters the participation of Christ's faithful: « In building new churches it is better that one altar be constructed to signify the one Christ and the one Eucharist of the Church in the gathering of the faithful. In churches that have already been built, however, when the old altar is situated such that it makes the participation of the people difficult and it cannot be moved without detriment to its artistic value, another fixed altar, artfully made and properly dedicated, should be set up, and only on it should the sacred celebrations be carried out. So that the attention of the faithful will not be distracted from the new altar, the old altar should not be decorated in any special manner » (Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani, n. 303).

The custom, therefore, of setting up a table with bread and wine to recall the Last Supper of Jesus or to gather children for their first participation in the Eucharist is symbolically a repetition, pedagogically a distraction, and pastorally inane, since it distracts people from the altar, confuses the understanding of the importance of the individual elements of Church architecture and does not at all foster the participation of Christ's faithful.

Notitiae 38 (2002), 492altar, bread, first communion, holy thursday, lord's supper, table, winePDF of Notitiae 38 (2002), 492

An liceat in Missa chrismatis sociari presbyteris etiam diaconos in promissionibus sacerdotalis renovandis?

℟. Negative.

Concilium Oecumenicum Vaticanum II in Constitutione dogmatica « Lumen Gentium » plane affirmat: « Presbyteri, ordinis Episcopalis providi cooperators eiusque adiutorium et organum, ad Populo Dei inserviendum vocati, unum presbyterium cum suo Episcopo constituent, diversiis quidem officiis mancipatum. In singulis localibus fidelium congregationibus Episcopum, quocum fidenti et magno animo consociantum, quodammodo praesentem reddunt eiusque munera et sollicitudinem pro parte suscipiunt et cura cotidiana exercent. Qui sub auctoritate Episcopi portionem gregis dominici sibi addictam sanctificant et regunt, Ecclesiam universalem in suo loco visibilem faciunt et in aedificando toto corpore Christi validam operam afferent (LG 28) ».

Insuper, decretum de ministerio et vita presbyterorum definit: « Presbyteri omnes, una cum Episcopis, unum idemque sacerdotium et ministerium Christi ita participant, ut ipsa unitas consecrationis missionisque requirat hierarchicam eorum communionem cum Ordine Episcoporum, quam optime aliquando in liturgica concelebratione manifestant, et cum quibus coniuncti profitentur se Eucharisticam Synaxim celebrare » (PO 7).

In Missa chrismatis, cui Episcopus in ecclesia cathedralis praeest quamque sacedotes e diversis regionibus Dioecesis concelebrant, elucet natura ipsa Ecclesiae, Christi corporis, variis ministeriis et charismatibus organice costitutae. Haec praesertim celebratio tamen existimatur « inter praecipuas manifestationes plenitudinis sacerdotii Episcopi et signum arctae coniunctionis presbyterorum cum ipso » (Ordo benedicendi oleum catechumenorum et infirmorum et conficiendi Chrisma, Praenotanda, n. 1).

Sicut envincitur ex ipsis interrogationibus, quae in Missali Romano referuntur quasquae Episcopus ab sacerdotibus petit, hac die, quo celebratur natale sacerdotii ministerialis, presbyter quisque renovat fidelitatem Christo, oboedientiam Episcopo et plenam facultatem populi Dei ministrandi.

Hac in celebratione, igitur, clare patet quod « Missa chrismatis [...] est veluti manifestatio comunionis presbyterorum cum proprio Episcopo in uno eodemque sacerdotio atque ministerio Christi. Ad hanc vero Missam convocentur presbyteri e diversis regionibus Dioecesis, qui concelebrent cum Episcopo, in conficendo Chrismate testes et cooperatores eius, sicut in ministerio cotidiano adiutores sunt ei consiliarii » (Congregatio pro Cultu Divino, Litterae circulars, De festis paschalibus praeparandis et celebrandis « Paschalis sollemnitatis », n. 35).

Ipsum Concilium Oecumenicum Vaticanum II, cum de diaconis alloquitur, eos distinguit a sacerdotibus eorumque naturam definit asserens: « In gradu inferiori hierarchiae sistunt Diaconi, quibus "non ad sacerdotium, sed ad ministerium" manus imponuntur » (LG 29).

Ergo, in Missa chrismatis soli presbyteri vocantur, ut renovent promissa sacerdotalia, qui una cum Episcopo participant eidem sacerdotio et ministerio Christi.

Whether it is permissible at the Chrism Mass for deacons to be included along with the priests in renewing the priestly promises?

℟. In the negative.

The Second Vatican Ecumenical Council in the dogmatic Constitution « Lumen Gentium » clearly affirms: « Priests, prudent cooperators with the Episcopal order, its aid and instrument, called to serve the people of God, constitute one priesthood with their bishop although bound by a diversity of duties. Associated with their bishop in a spirit of trust and generosity, they make him present in a certain sense in the individual local congregations, and take upon themselves, as far as they are able, his duties and the burden of his care, and discharge them with a daily interest. And as they sanctify and govern under the bishop's authority, that part of the Lord's flock entrusted to them they make the universal Church visible in their own locality and bring an efficacious assistance to the building up of the whole body of Christ (LG 28) ».

Moreover, the decree on the ministry and life of priests specifies: « All priests, in union with bishops, so share in one and the same priesthood and ministry of Christ that the very unity of their consecration and mission requires their hierarchical communion with the order of bishops. At times in an excellent manner they manifest this communion in liturgical concelebration as joined with the bishop when they celebrate the Eucharistic Sacrifice » (PO 7).

In the Chrism Mass, over which the Bishop presides in the cathedral church and which priests from different regions of the Diocese concelebrate, the very nature of the Church, the body of Christ, organically constituted with various ministries and charisms, shines forth. This celebration is particularly held in esteem « as counted among the special manifestations of the fullness of the priesthood of the Bishop and as a sign of the intimate joining of the priests with him » (Ordo benedicendi oleum catechumenorum et infirmorum et conficiendi Chrisma, Praenotanda, n. 1).

As is expressed by the questions themselves which are given in the Roman Missal and which the Bishop asks of the priests, on this day, when the birth of the ministerial priesthood is celebrated, each priest renews his fidelity to Christ, his obedience to the Bishop, and his full dedication to ministering to the people of God.

In this celebration, therefore, it is plainly clear that « The Chrism Mass [...] is a sort of manifestation of the communion of priests with their own Bishop in one and the same priesthood and ministry of Christ. Aand to this Mass priests from various regions of the Diocese should be called together to concelebrate with the Bishop and to be his witnesses and co-workers in confecting the Chrism, as they are also his helpers and counselors in the daily ministry. » (Congregatio pro Cultu Divino, Litterae circulars, On preparing and celebrating the Paschal feasts « Paschalis sollemnitatis », n. 35).

The Second Vatican Ecumenical Council itself, when it speaks of deacons, distinguishes them from priests and specifies their nature, asserting: « At a lower level of the hierarchy are deacons, upon whom hands are imposed "not unto the priesthood, but unto a ministry of service" » (LG 29).

Therefore, in the Chrism Mass only the priests are called upon to renew their priestly promises, since they participate together with the Bishop in the same priesthood and ministry of Christ.

Notitiae 49 (2012), 170–171bishop, chrism mass, deacons, holy thursday, priests, promises, renewalPDF of Notitiae 49 (2012), 170–171