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Extraordinary Ministers QUESTION from Deacon Peter J. Langevin March 29, 2000 P>Dear John, I have a question about a recent situation that came up at Daily Mass. Where is it appropriate to consume the remaining portion (if any) of Precious Blood after the Priest and liturgical ministers have received? The reason that I ask is that I was serving at a Mass and during Communion when I and another Server went to clear the Altar there was still some Precious Blood left in the Chalice and so, the other Server who is also an Extraordinary Minister consumed it at the Altar while the Celebrants were giving our communion. Is this correct or, should the Chalice be brought back to the Credence table then have the Precious Blood Consumed? Thank - you so very much for your help and time with my question! Pax Vobis! Rev. Mr. Peter J. Langevin Seminarian for the Archdiocese of Washington ANSWER by Mr. John Miskell on April 5, 2000
Dear Deacon Peter, Thank you for your question. The vessels are purified by the priest or else by the deacon or acolyte after the communion or after Mass, if possible at a side table. Wine and water or water alone are used for the purification of the chalice, then drunk by the one who purifies it. The paten is usually to be wiped with the purificator.[GIRM, #238] God bless you and thank you for saying yes when He called you to serve. In Christ, John Miskell Back to Index Page

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