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Author:  Matthew Michael [ Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:57 pm ]
Post subject:  Tridentine Mass Question

Just before the Angus Dei, the priest takes the consecrated host, holds it over the chalice, breaks it, and smoothes the edge with his finger.


Author:  Obi-Wan Kenobi [ Mon Nov 21, 2016 8:26 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Tridentine Mass Question

This happens in the Ordinary Form too, though the rubrics say to break It over the paten instead. It represents the death of Christ. The "smoothing" (which is done over the chalice if it's done in the OF) removes any fragments of the Host that might be ready to fall off. Then the priest mingles a particle of the Host with the Precious Blood, which signifies the rejoining of Christ's Body and Blood at the Resurrection.

Author:  Matthew Michael [ Wed Nov 23, 2016 9:33 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Tridentine Mass Question

Great--thank you!

Author:  The young fogey [ Fri Dec 30, 2016 6:57 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Tridentine Mass Question

I don't know if this is correct, but I believe this originally came from the bishop breaking off parts of the host to send to the churches under him, recalling when the church was so small that locally it just had the bishop celebrating the Eucharist. (When there were too many Christians to do this, he started ordaining priests as local stand-ins.) One church, one body, one Christ. Why at part of the Tridentine High Mass the subdeacon holds a paten with a humeral veil; he used to carry the Sacrament to the churches of the diocese. Of course the Fraction (breaking) lends itself well to the symbolism of Christ's sacrifice, his body broken yet indivisible, a paradox of our faith.

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