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DE USU CONDENDI RELIQUIAS
IN RITU DEDICATIONIS ALTARIS

Dubium
Utrum reliquias Martyrum aliorumve Sanctorum sub altari condendi usus servari debeat necne.

Responsio

1. Can. 1237, § 2 CIC1 statuit usum condendi sub altari reliquias Martyrum aliorumve Sanctorum servandum esse iuxta normas, quae in libris liturgicis inveniuntur:
« Antiqua traditio Martyrum aliorumve Sanctorum reliquias sub altari fixo condendi servetur, iuxta normas in libris liturgicis traditas ».

2. Normae, de quibus CIC loquitur, enumerantur in ODEA (p. 22, n. 5 et p. 85, n. 11):
« Liturgiae Romanae, traditio Martyrum aliorumve Sanctorum reliquias sub altari condendi, opportune servabitur. Haec tamen notentur:

a) Reliquiae deponendae eius sint magnitudinis ex qua intellegi possit humanorum corporum eas esse partes. Itaque vitandum est ne nimis exiguae condantur reliquiae unius vel complurium Sanctorum.
b) Maxima cum diligentia inspiciatur num reliquiae deponendae authenticae sint. Praestat altare sine reliquiis dedicari quam dubiae fidei reliquias sub eo deponi.
c) Reliquiarum capsa neque super altare neque in altaris mensa est collocanda sed, attenta altaris forma, sub altaris mensa condenda ».

3. Novus CIC praedictas normas minime immutavit,2 qua de re vim suam retinent.

Haec est interpretatio facienda n. 266 IGMR, qui in textu « Variationes » refertur, abrogatione ibi facta adverbii « opportune » haud obstante.

1 Sigla:
CIC = Codex Iuris Canonici auctoritate Ioannis Pauli II promulgatus 25 ianuarii 1983.
ODEA = Ordo dedicationis ecclesiae et altaris, 29 maii 1977.
IGMR = Institutio generalis Missalis Romani, 2 martii 1975.
« Variationes » Variationes in libros liturgicos ad normam Codicis nuper promulgati introducendae, 12 septembris 1983: cf. Notitiae 19, 1983 pp. 540-555.

2 Textus « Variationes » nullam de re variationem exhibet (cf. ibid. p. 17, X. In Ordinem dedicationis ecclesiae et altaris).

ON THE PRACTICE OF INSERTING RELICS
IN THE RITE OF THE DEDICATION OF AN ALTAR

A Doubt
Whether the practice of inserting the relics of Martyrs or other Saints beneath an altar should be preserved or not.

Response

1. Can. 1237, § 2 CIC1 establishes that the practice of inserting the relics of Martyrs or other Saints beneath the altar is to be preserved according to the norms that are found in the liturgical books:
« The ancient tradition of inserting the relics of Martyrs or other Saints beneath a fixed altar should be preserved, according to the norms given in the liturgical books ».

2. The norms of which the CIC speaks, are enumerated in the ODEA (p. 22, n. 5 et p. 85, n. 11):
« The tradition of the Roman liturgy of inserting the relics of Martyrs or other Saints beneath the altar will opportunely be preserved. These things should, however, be noted:

a) The relics to be placed should be of sufficient size to be understood to be parts of the human body. Therefore, inserting the relics of one or several Saints that are too small should be avoided.
b) With the utmost care, it should be investigated whether the relics to be placed are authentic. Better to dedicate an altar without relics than to place relics of dubious authenticity beneath it.
c) The capsule for the relics must not be placed on the altar or in the mensa of the altar but, with attention to the form of the altar, should be inserted beneath the mensa of the altar ».

3. The new CIC did not at all change the aforementioned norms,2 so they retain their force.

This is how to interpret n. 266 of the IGMR, which is referred to in the document « Variationes », the removal made there of the adverb « opportunely » notwithstanding.

1 Sigla:
CIC = Codex Iuris Canonici promulgated by the authority of John Paul II 25 January 1983.
ODEA = Ordo dedicationis ecclesiae et altaris, 29 maii 1977.
IGMR = Institutio generalis Missalis Romani, 2 martii 1975.
« Variationes » Modifications to be introduced into the liturgical books according to the norm of the recently-promulgated Code, 12 septembris 1983: cf. Notitiae 19, 1983 pp. 540-555.

2 The document « Variationes » shows no change on the subject (cf. ibid. p. 17, X. In Ordinem dedicationis ecclesiae et altaris).

Notitiae 20 (1984), 192–193altar, relicsPDF of Notitiae 20 (1984), 192–193