Friday, April 23, 2004

New Liturgy Document

Go ye forth and read. My favorite bits are the smackdowns on extraordinary communion ministers. We shouldn't have them, unless we need them, and the fact that liturgy might run a bit longer isn't a good reason. But, if we do need them,

[151.] Only out of true necessity is there to be recourse to the assistance of extraordinary ministers in the celebration of the Liturgy. Such recourse is not intended for the sake of a fuller participation of the laity but rather, by its very nature, is supplementary and provisional.[252] Furthermore, when recourse is had out of necessity to the functions of extraordinary ministers, special urgent prayers of intercession should be multiplied that the Lord may soon send a Priest for the service of the community and raise up an abundance of vocations to sacred Orders.

So, when you have extraordinary ministers at your Mass, you also need to have prayers like this: "Lord, grant that we may have many vocations to the Diaconate and the Priesthood, so that we won't need to use extraordinary ministers of communion. Let us pray to the Lord!"

Lord, hear our prayer.

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