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Little Things Mean a Lot #3


Previously we considered the carrying of fragments of consecrated bread from the consecrated loaf used at the papal Mass to the celebrations about to occur in parish churches. That was a second example of mixing. There is yet another example of mixing: at the fraction rite in both the papal Mass as well as those in the parishes, deacons would bring forth large cups of unconsecrated wine from the sacristy. Other deacons would take pieces from the newly consecrated loaf on the altar and drop a piece into each of these chalices which were then consecrated by immixtio and not by [...]

Little Things Mean a Lot #32019-07-26T12:35:46-05:00

Catechetical Corner July 7, 2019


Little Things Mean a Lot #2 If the ancient Roman immixtio/commixtio/mixing was a privileged expression of ONE Eucharist across time; a second purpose of the rite was to unite all the celebrations of the Eucharist in one place (city) on one day. At the fraction rite during the papal Mass ministers at the table of the Lord would take large pieces of the consecrated bread to all the parish churches of the city so that the priests presiding at those services could drop the consecrated bread into the ONE large cup (we’ll come back to that “ONE cup” next week) of [...]

Catechetical Corner July 7, 20192019-07-31T13:55:09-05:00

Catechetical Corner June 30,2019


Little Things Mean a Lot #1 If you pay close attention to the priest at the altar during the singing of the Lamb of God you will see him break off a small piece of the consecrated bread and drop it into the chalice. What’s the meaning of this small, quickly occurring act? (I’m glad you asked.) Its technical liturgical name is immixtio or commixtio, an ancient rite expressing the belief that the communio of the Eucharist occurs across space and time. Looking at the origin of this mixing in ancient practice enables us to understand the rite’s meaning today and [...]

Catechetical Corner June 30,20192019-07-31T14:01:31-05:00