Friday, May 27, 2011

Instruction on Eucharistic Worship - Sacred Congregation of Rites 1967 - Pt. 24

62. How the Rite of Exposition Is to Be Carried Out

If the exposition is to be only a short one, then the monstrance or ciborium should be placed on the altar table. If exposition is over a longer period, then a throne may be used, placed in a prominent position; care should be taken, however, that it is not too high or far away.

During the exposition everything should be so arranged that the faithful can devote themselves attentively in prayer to Christ our Lord.
To foster personal prayer, there may be readings from the Scriptures together with a homily, or brief exhortations which lead to a better understanding of the Mystery of the Eucharist. It is also good for the faithful to respond to the Word of God in song. It is desirable that there should be periods of silence at suitable times.
At the end of exposition, Benediction with the Blessed Sacrament is given.
If the vernacular is used, instead of singing the <Tantum Ergo> before the blessing, another Eucharistic hymn may be used, as laid down by the episcopal conference.

63. Solemn Annual Exposition

In churches where the Blessed Sacrament is normally reserved, there may be a protracted period of solemn exposition each year, even if not strictly continuous, giving the local community the opportunity to adore and meditate on this mystery more deeply and fervently.
Exposition of this kind should be held only if it is seen that there will be a reasonable number of the faithful, with the consent of the local Ordinary and according to the law.

64. Prolonged Exposition

For any grave and general need, the local Ordinary can order that there should be prayer before the Blessed Sacrament exposed over a long period, which may be strictly continuous, in those churches where there are large numbers of the faithful.

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