GIRM Instructions - July 2009

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In the BEC masses, Fr Val and Fr Andrew are teaching catechesis on the celebration of the Eucharist. There are families who are not there during the BEC masses. We have decided to share with you for 2 minutes on the various parts of the mass on the GIRM (General Instruction of the Roman Missal). This would help us to understand the meaning of the Eucharist and able to participate meaningfully.

25th/26th July 2009 - # 1
When you enter the Church, you touch the holy water and make a sign of the cross. Why do you do that?
1) It is a form of self blessing
2)We share one common faith and one common baptism and so therefore we gather as one Baptized community
3) It reminds us of our own baptism. Remember when you dip your finger into the little font which contains the holy water, you have to say it, “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”.
Faith needs to be expressed.

1st/2nd August 2009 - #2
Why do we genuflect or bow during the Eucharistic celebration?
What does it mean?
Before you take your “reserved seat” you are supposed to genuflect NOT bow.
Genuflection is reserved for the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross (GIRM 274).
You must genuflect before taking your seat. When you pass by before the Blessed Sacrament, you must genuflect.
But when the mass is in progress, your genuflection should be at the altar and NOT the Blessed Sacrament. Genuflection is a sign of adoration.
A genuflection is made by bending the right knee to the ground (GIRM 274

October 2009 - #3
Silence In Church

Some have questioned whether the custom of observing silence is to be retained, particularly before the Mass. The GIRM commends this practice:

“Even before the celebration itself, it is commendable that silence be observed in the church, in the sacristy, in the vesting room, so that all may dispose themselves to carry out the sacred action in a devout and fitting manner” (45). So please observe silence after the praying of the holy rosary and all ministers of the altar especially the ExtraOrdinary Ministers and Altar Servers, please maintain silence when you are in
the sacristy.

Uniformity of Posture

The 1975 GIRM contained a directive stressing the congregation’s uniformity of posture and directing the faithful to follow the instructions they were given at Mass what posture to assume. This directive was intended to help implement the changes in posture that accompanied the reform of the liturgy after the Second Vatican Council.

With a view to a uniformity in gestures and postures during one and the same celebration, the faithful should follow the directions:

1. Standing at the Orate Frates (Pray Brethren) The faithful are directed to stand at the beginning of the Pray Brethren. (GIRM 43)

2. Kneeling During the Consecration The faithful should kneel after the singing of the Sanctus (Holy, Holy) except when prevented on occasion by reasons of health, lack of space, large number of people present or some other good reason. Those who do not kneel ought to make a profound bow when the priest genuflects after the consecration. (GIRM 43)

3. Standing After the Memorial Acclamation (Christ has Died, Christ has Risen, Christ will Come Again). After the Proclamation of Faith (Christ has died …………) the Congregation should stand as a sign of uniformity during one and the same celebration. GIRM 43 highly recommended to create uniformity and its worth taking into account. There is a saying in Latin, “Where there is true charity and love is, there is God”.
 
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