Traditional Mass

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Continued . . .

52--Who may touch the sacred vessels?

The sacred vessels containing the Sacred Species may be touched only by priests and deacons, except in case of necessity (such as fire or the danger of profanation); in which case anyone may touch them.

The chalice and paten (and, before they have been cleansed, the purificator, pall, and corporal), may be touched only by clerics (at least, tonsured); and by lay persons, such as sacristans, who have custody of these objects.

However, the empty and purified ciborium, the lunula, the monstrance, the custodial, and the corporal used for Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, are not subject to this ruling. Consequently, a simple lay person may touch them without sacrilege.
[From 'Your Mass and Your Life,' to be continued . . .]