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Utrum in offertorio ad altare ferri possint linteamina eiusdem cum candelabris in processione donorum?

Negative.

Quoad celebrationis praeparationem, iuxta Institutionem Generalem Missalis Romani, n. 79: « Altare una saltem tobalea cooperiatur. Super ipsum vero aut circa ipsum duo saltem, vel etiam quattuor, aut sex, vel, si Episcopus dioecesis celebrat, septem candelabra cum cereis accensis ponantur ». Ex quo deducitur quod haec praeparata minime ad offertorium differenda sunt.

Ad offertorium (cf. n. 49 eiusdem Institutionis): « Imprimis altare, seu mensa dominica, quae centrum est totius liturgiae eucharisticae, praeparatur, cum corporale, purificatorium. [sic] Missale et calix, nisi ad abacum paratur, in eo collocantur. Oblationes deinde afferuntur: panis et vinum laudabiliter a fidelibus praesentantur, a sacerdote autem vel a diacono loco opportuno accipiuntur et super altare deponuntur comitantibus formulis statutis ». Notetur hic de tobalea ponenda nihil dicitur.

Animadvertitur in celebratione tantum Feriae VI Hebdomadae Sanctae altare, per exceptionem, sine ornamentis initio celebrationis, sit oportere; cf. Missale Romanum, Feria VI in Passione Domini, n. 2: « Altare omnino nudum sit: sine cruce, sine candelabris, sine tobaleis ». Post adorationem crucis, « super altare extenditur tobalea, et ponitur corporale et liber » (ibidem, n. 21).

Whether at the offertory, the altar linens with candles can be brought to the altar in the procession with the gifts?

In the negative.

With regard to the preparation for the celebration, according to the Instiutio generalis Missalis romani, n. 79: « The altar should be covered with at least one cloth. And upon it or near it at least two, or even four or six, or, if the Bishop of the diocese celebrates, seven candle stands with lit candles should be placed ». From this it can be deduced that these preparations should not be defered to the offertory.

At the offertory (cf. n. 49 of the same Institutio): « Firstly, the altar, the table of the Lord, which is the center of the whole eucharistic liturgy, is prepared: a corporal, purificator, Missal, and, unless it is prepared at the credence table, the chalice are placed upon it. Then the offerings are brought forward. It is praiseworthy for the bread and wine to be presented by the faithful and received by the priest or by the deacon in an opportune place and placed upon the altar with the accompanying formulas ». It should be noted that nothing is said here about placing the cloth.

We should also pay attention to the fact that in the celebration of Good Friday alone would this be necessary, by way of exception, since the altar would be without decorations from the beginning of the celebration; cf. Missale Romanum, Feria VI in Passione Domini, n. 2: « The altar should be altogether bare: without cross, without candles, without cloths ». After the adoration of the cross, « the cloth is spread upon the altar, and the corporal and book are placed upon it » (ibidem, n. 21).

Notitiae 35 (1999), 456candles, linens, offertory, processionPDF of Notitiae 35 (1999), 456