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Week of June 7, 2004
Liturgical changes 'few'
By RAMON GONZALEZ
"They simply encourage people to remember things that should be done."
- Archbishop Thomas Collins
Changes will occur at several points but "I don't think most people will probably even notice they happened," he said.
Practices that may need correcting include the preparation of the chalices, which Collins noted has sometimes been done immediately prior to Communion. "Now this will be done a few minutes earlier," he told the WCR.
That's because one provision in the new instruction recommends "the pouring of the Blood of Christ after the Consecration from one vessel to another is to be completely avoided."
"So what I've asked (the priests) to do is that we pour the wine into the chalices at the offertory and no later in the Mass."
The Vatican document also recommends not using vessels made from glass, clay or other materials that break easily. "So what I've asked is that in due time that we, if that's the situation, should just get (vessels) that fit the instruction, that are in accord with it," Collins said.
"That's what most places already do, but if some places have used other types (of bread) we are just asking that they use bread without any additives," he said.
Collins said the instruction should be read hand in hand with Pope John Paul's 2003 encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia, which gives a spiritual foundation for the celebration of the Eucharist.
The instruction, he said, is a practical means to ensure that "the way we celebrate the Eucharist in practice is in harmony with what should really be done."
"As I said, I think that many of the things they mention (in the instruction) don't really apply here," the archbishop continued.
"Some of them apply everywhere and are just simply encouragements to celebrate the Eucharist properly. I think it is always good for us to just check from time to time, every few years, to be sure that we are doing things the right way."
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