Journal about new norms
on purifications in the US
Today, 15 April 2002, I found two other sites with information
on the 2002 Roman Missal.
Adoremus had nothing about the fact that the 2002 General
Instruction of the Roman Missal was different from what was published
in the 2000 Institutio Generalis. I hoped that they would have
more about this.
I am also disappointed with the new norms for the USA, from
... Included among the norms is an indult from the Vatican's
Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
providing for the cleansing of sacred vessels by Extraordinary
Ministers of Holy Communion. ...
In Australia I think we are better off without this indult
and having only priests, deacons and instituted acolytes doing
We do not need to purchase a new instruction.
We will not need to modify the 2002 General Instruction of
the Roman Missal, n. 192, 247 and 279 which states that instituted
acolytes are the only lay ministers who do the purifications.
Nor will we need to modify the 2002 Roman Missal, Order of
Mass, n. 137 which says priests, deacons or acolytes are to do
Visitors will not need to be educated about a change.
We will have a good reason not to purchase USA liturgical
books which will be wrong for Australia.
There is a unique function for the instituted acolyte.
It improves the chances that this lay ministry will be taken
Seminarians will have a more easily recognised ministry before
making a commitment to celibacy.
Other ministers can be taught about the instituted acolyte's
unique function and so learn about his ministry.
When altar servers are taught that they are performing the
instituted acolyte's functions only when he is absent (2002 GIRM
100) it will be easier to explain what that means.
Perhaps there will be less confusion for Extraordinary Ministers
of Holy Communion about who is responsible for purifications.
If something goes wrong it will be only the priest and instituted
acolyte who will be held responsible.
Probably there will be fewer accidents and mistakes.
Of course I may find out about an Australian indult tomorrow.
At a wedding on Saturday the priest instructed us to sit for
the Eucharistic Prayer. Yesterday Archbishop Hart sat for the
Gloria. If the Australian bishops have asked for an indult
perhaps the Vatican will decide that here there are enough liturgical
problems here without further complications.
Its good to see some more publicity about this new Roman Missal
which is important for its successful implementation.
Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 15 April 2002. Last updated 22