Communion rail cloth
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(04-18-2009, 07:29 PM)PeterII Wrote:
(04-18-2009, 01:13 AM)QuisUtDeus Wrote:
(04-18-2009, 12:09 AM)PeterII Wrote: Nowadays though,  the cloth is being flipped after use which inadvertently launches our Lord across the sanctuary if stray particles are on it.  It's better not to have one at all in this case because it is easier to see stray particles on a bare rail. 

You have a point, but mostly it is used in conjunction with a paten.  So, nowadays it's more tradition and aesthetic than practical in most cases.  I agree if a paten isn't used, it should be done with extreme care.

The 1962 edition of Ritus Servandus eliminated the rail cloth and uses a paten exclusively.  A cloth alone was the official practice before that until a paten in addition to the cloth was allowed in the 1920s.

So its true that the cloth/paten hybrid is really an aesthetic practice nowadays.  Personally, I would prefer it one way or the other as having both confuses people, and people end up doing weird things with the cloth. 


.....Can you provide some source or evidence as to the communion rail cloth's purpose being to catch falling particles of the sacred hosts? This seems a bizarre notion to me, ive never heard of it, or read anything about it. It seems completely impractical, note how on the paten the particles are fairly visible and it requires very little purification. (of course on the sacred linens they need not be visible)
It seems much more logical it is used for the above mentioned purpose - to prevent the sacred hosts from dropping to the ground.
In fact the more you think about it, its actually practically speaking impossible for it to be used for this purpose, i.e if the communicant has to hold the cloth under his chin, or even just hold it underneath with their hands, such particles would naturally fall by gravity to the ground below the rail the moment the communicant drops the cloth, ive always been taught it was for catching the sacred hosts, not for the sacred particles, I mean such care is taken by the Priest with the sacred linens in their folding and moving, hardly anywhere close to the way a cloth at the communion rail is treated.

Still if you provide evidence, Ill accept it.


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Communion rail cloth - by WhollyRoaminCatholic - 04-17-2009, 12:01 PM
Re: Communion rail cloth - by libby - 04-17-2009, 12:02 PM
Re: Communion rail cloth - by Historian - 04-17-2009, 12:03 PM
Re: Communion rail cloth - by Sinner - 04-17-2009, 12:25 PM
Re: Communion rail cloth - by tradmaverick - 04-17-2009, 12:35 PM
Re: Communion rail cloth - by Credo - 04-17-2009, 12:41 PM
Re: Communion rail cloth - by SmileBugMK - 04-17-2009, 12:42 PM
Re: Communion rail cloth - by ErinIsNice - 04-17-2009, 12:43 PM
Re: Communion rail cloth - by tradmaverick - 04-17-2009, 01:12 PM
Re: Communion rail cloth - by Historian - 04-17-2009, 01:32 PM
Re: Communion rail cloth - by libby - 04-17-2009, 01:46 PM
Re: Communion rail cloth - by tradmaverick - 04-17-2009, 01:57 PM
Re: Communion rail cloth - by timjp77 - 04-17-2009, 02:05 PM
Re: Communion rail cloth - by DeiMateralma - 04-17-2009, 02:12 PM
Re: Communion rail cloth - by ErinIsNice - 04-17-2009, 02:14 PM
Re: Communion rail cloth - by Kateri - 04-17-2009, 02:41 PM
Re: Communion rail cloth - by piabee - 04-17-2009, 06:09 PM
Re: Communion rail cloth - by kzarah - 04-17-2009, 10:11 PM
Re: Communion rail cloth - by kzarah - 04-17-2009, 10:14 PM
Re: Communion rail cloth - by PeterII - 04-18-2009, 12:09 AM
Re: Communion rail cloth - by kzarah - 04-18-2009, 12:49 AM
Re: Communion rail cloth - by Historian - 04-18-2009, 01:13 AM
Re: Communion rail cloth - by glgas - 04-18-2009, 10:46 AM
Re: Communion rail cloth - by JacafamalaRedux - 04-18-2009, 11:34 AM
Re: Communion rail cloth - by veritatem_dilexisti - 04-18-2009, 12:14 PM
Re: Communion rail cloth - by PeterII - 04-18-2009, 07:10 PM
Re: Communion rail cloth - by PeterII - 04-18-2009, 07:29 PM
Re: Communion rail cloth - by tradmaverick - 04-18-2009, 08:42 PM
Re: Communion rail cloth - by PeterII - 04-18-2009, 09:49 PM
Re: Communion rail cloth - by DrBombay - 04-18-2009, 10:33 PM
Re: Communion rail cloth - by kzarah - 04-19-2009, 11:38 AM
Re: Communion rail cloth - by tradmaverick - 04-19-2009, 12:41 PM
Re: Communion rail cloth - by kzarah - 04-19-2009, 03:45 PM
Re: Communion rail cloth - by Michael_G - 04-19-2009, 06:40 PM



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