Philosophical consideration of Eucharistic Consecration
After a long period of being away, I am back at the parish near where I live.

Again, this sort of close arrangement of the vessels on the altar was all I had ever seen:

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I have seen priests vary the arrangement, but always keep the vessels very close together.

Last Sunday the priest offered Mass with the ciborium on the corporal before him, but had all the chalices shifted to the extreme of one side of the table altar:

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This Sunday (today) he had all of the side vessels shifted to the extreme edge of the table altar.

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My concern is that this is some sort of game.  Every other priest in this diocese has been careful to keep the vessels together on a corporal (or two corporals) before him.  I have even seen when the servers set the vessels far apart, these other priests will replace these carefully in front of himself, close together.  I have also seen the cruet of wine left on the altar by the servers, placed on the edge by other priests and then not treated as consecrated.  Why the concern if the distance and inattention make no difference?

The question I desire to ask this particular priest is, If you say "this is my body, etc." and "this is the chalice of my blood, etc." to what is before you, then what is that on the edge of the altar?

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RE: Philosophical consideration of Eucharistic Consecration - by yablabo - 06-03-2018, 02:57 PM

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