Posted by: Joe of St. Thérèse | August 29, 2007

What is an indult?

def: indult: premission by the Holy See to do something that is normally not premitted in common law.
Example of what this means: For the Roman Rite; the sign of peace is normally before the Agnus Dei and after the Our Father.
In the Phillipines, they have an indult to put the sign of peace at the beginning of mass.
Another example: The United States has an indult where you can recieve Communion on the Hand, though the norm is recieving communion on the tounge.
These indults are granted usually for a 3-5 year period, and have to be renewed. Why do I bring up this topic?, (I just felt like talking about it)
An indult that has been denied for the United States is the extra-ordinary Ministers of the Euchairst using the purificator to clean the vessels used for Holy Communion. The norm is that ONLY THE DEACON, PRIEST OR INSTITUTED ACOLYTE could clean the vessesls with the purificator. Unfortunately this abuse is still going on in many parishes. (Except for OLG El Monte, and St. Peter Chanel’s, where I know for a fact this abuse isn’t going on, also at OLMC in Newport Beach). It’s something that I wanted to bring to everyone’s attention. (Now if I can only find the document that goes with this)
Paragraph 119 of Redemptionis Sacramentum states: . The Priest, once he has returned to the altar after the distribution of Communion, standing at the altar or at the credence table, purifies the paten or ciborium over the chalice, then purifies the chalice in accordance with the prescriptions of the Missal and wipes the chalice with the purificator. Where a Deacon is present, he returns with the Priest to the altar and purifies the vessels. It is permissible, however, especially if there are several vessels to be purified, to leave them, covered as may be appropriate, on a corporal on the altar or on the credence table, and for them to be purified by the Priest or Deacon immediately after Mass once the people have been dismissed. Moreover a duly instituted acolyte assists the Priest or Deacon in purifying and arranging the sacred vessels either at the altar or the credence table. In the absence of a Deacon, a duly instituted acolyte carries the sacred vessels to the credence table and there purifies, wipes and arranges them in the usual way.209
These are mandates from the Holy See. So make sure that your parish is abiding by these standards :).
Amen!

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