Epiclesis in Eucharistic Prayer I
And More on Receiving Communion
Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum university answers questions on the liturgy.
Q: As I have watched Pope Benedict XVI celebrate Mass on television, I have noticed that during the Roman Canon, he appears to perform the epiclesis twice: “Through him we ask you to bless and accept …” and “Bless and approve ….” Every priest I have seen pray the canon has simply blessed the gifts at the beginning of the canon and then performed the epiclesis later in the prayer. Is there a difference between these two gestures made by the Holy Father and by the priests .
A: Actually I think that the Holy Father is simply fulfilling the rubrics for the venerable Roman Canon, or Eucharistic Prayer I.
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Activists pushing for the legalization of same-sex marriage scored a victory in Australia when last weekend the Labor Party’s national conference voted in favor of a change to the party’s policy, which means that it now supports a change to marriage laws.
Already a federal member of parliament, Stephen Jones, has said he will introduce a private member’s bill to allow same-sex marriage when the legislature next meets in February after its summer break.
Read the entire article at Same-Sex Marriage Push.
In the ordinary form of the Mass, the distribution of Holy Communion under both kinds is an option whose usage has become a daily occurrence in many countries but, by no means everywhere, even in Europe.
The instruction Redemptionis Sacramentum, promulgated in 2004, explains the context of this practice: “So that the fullness of the sign may be made more clearly evident to the faithful in the course of the Eucharistic banquet, lay members of Christs faithful, too, are admitted to Communion under both kinds, in the cases set forth in the liturgical books, preceded and continually accompanied by proper catechesis regarding dogmatic principles on this matter laid down by the Ecumenical Council of Trent” (100).
Read the entire article at Doctrinal Formation and Communion Under Both Kinds.