Re: [liturgy-l] Re: Redemptionis Sacramentum.
- In a message dated 5/12/2004 6:20:16 PM Eastern Standard Time,
I think a lot of Catholic liturgists might share your bemusement
over the pouring ban. I am not convinced it is needed, and I can only
speculate as to why it might be considered an abuse. I suspect it is
because of fear of the Sacrament being mishandled or spilling, or perhaps
there is a feeling that it overly handles and manipulates the sacrament. I
don't know. It does appear to be motivated by a concern about reverence
for the Sacrament though.
My impression is that the quasi-requirement in the Episcopal Church that only
one chalice may be on the altar during the consecration is also motivated by
"a concern about reverence for the Sacrament" -- that at the Last Supper there
was only one chalice.
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- You are quite correct. Those who helped prepare the 1979 BCP wanted a
single chalice and loaf to make the statement that we are one body.
Shalom B'Yeshua HaMoshiach
Michael Joe Thannisch
The beginning of wisdom is fear of the Lord.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ormonde Plater" <oplater@...>
Sent: Thursday, May 13, 2004 6:18 AM
Subject: Re: [liturgy-l] Re: Redemptionis Sacramentum.
> > My impression is that the quasi-requirement in the Episcopal Church that
> > only one chalice may be on the altar during the consecration is also
> > motivated by "a concern about reverence for the Sacrament" -- that at
> > Last Supper there was only one chalice.
> The governing rubric states: "During the Great Thanksgiving, it is
> appropriate that there be only one chalice on the Altar, and, if need be,
> flagon of wine from which additional chalices may be filled after the
> Breaking of the Bread."
> Rather than a replication of the Last Supper, I think it has to do with
> symbolism of unity--one cup, one loaf. This theme is picked up in some of
> our fraction anthems: e.g., "One body are we, alleluia, for though many we
> share one bread." Of course, one sometimes sees one cup (and one or more
> flagons, depending on the size of the congregation) but multiple wafers.
> Liturgical renewal still has a ways to go.
> Ormonde Plater
> Christos anesti!
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