Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Instruction on Eucharistic Worship - Sacred Congregation of Rites 1967 - Pt.22

III. Eucharistic Devotions

58. Devotion, both private and public, toward the Sacrament of the Altar even outside Mass, provided it observes the norms laid down by the legitimate authority and those of the present instruction, is highly recommended by the Church, since the Eucharistic sacrifice is the source and summit of the whole Christian life.118

In determining the form of such devotions, account should be taken of the regulations of the Second Vatican Council concerning the relationship to be maintained between the liturgy and other, non-liturgical celebrations. Especially important is the rule which states: "The liturgical seasons must be taken into account, and these devotions must harmonize with the liturgy, be in some way derived from it and lead the people toward the liturgy as to something which of its nature is far superior to these devotions."119

IV. Eucharistic Processions

59. In processions in which the Blessed Sacrament is solemnly carried through the streets to the singing of hymns, especially on the feast of Corpus Christi, the Christian people give public witness to their faith and devotion toward this sacrament.

However, it is for the local Ordinary to decide whether such processions are opportune in present-day circumstances. He will also determine the place and form of such processions, so that they may be conducted with dignity and without injury to the reverence due to this sacrament.

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