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Sacred Vessels QUESTION from Roy Forker June 11, 1999
Are glass (possibly crystal) goblets, ceramic plates, and baked unleavened loaf of bread permissible substitutes for Chalice and Paten and Hosts. Sometimes I choose to not receive Holy Communion from such vessels in reparation for all the sins of Sacrilege and Indifference committed against His Substantial Presence. Is this an acceptable practice? Or am I being foolish? ANSWER by Mr. John Miskell on June 11, 1999
Dear Roy, Thanks for your question. Regarding the Chalice and Paten, the GIRM gives the following instruction; 289. Among the requisites for the celebration of Mass, the sacred vessels hold a place of honor, especially the chalice and paten, which are used in presenting, consecrating, and receiving the bread and wine. 290. Vessels should be made from materials that are solid and that in the particular region are regarded as noble. The conference of bishops will be the judge in this matter. But preference is to be given to materials that do not break easily or become unusable. Regarding the Host, the GIRM says; 282. The bread must be made only from wheat and must be baked recently; according to the longstanding tradition of the Latin Church, it must be unleavened. Now regarding your question about receiving. If the material used for the Host is valid (plain unleavened bread made with water and wheat), I wouldn't refrain from receiving Christ reverently in the Eucharist. Pray for your priest. In Christ, John Miskell Back to Index Page

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