Saturday, May 28, 2011

Instruction on Eucharistic Worship - Sacred Congregation of Rites 1967 - Pt.25

65. Interrupting Exposition
If, because there is not a suitable number of faithful for the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, continuous exposition is not possible, it is permissible to replace the Host in the tabernacle, at pre-arranged and publicized times. This should not be done however more than twice in a day, for example, at midday and at night.
This reposition may be carried out in the more simple way and without singing: the priest dressed in surplice and stole, having adored the Blessed Sacrament for a short time, replaces it in the tabernacle. In the same way, at a set time, the Blessed Sacrament is again exposed; the priest retires after a short period of adoration.

66. Exposition for Short Periods

Even brief exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, held in accordance with the law, should be so arranged that before the blessing with the Blessed Sacrament reasonable time is provided for readings of the Word of God, hymns, prayers, and silent prayer, as circumstances permit.
Local Ordinaries will make certain that these expositions of the Blessed Sacrament are always and everywhere carried out with due reverence.

Exposition merely for the purpose of giving Benediction after Mass is forbidden.

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