Tuesday, March 7, 2017

DEAR ARCHBISHOP BYRNES. YOU HAVE SOME 'SPLAININ' TO DO

Posted by Tim

I received the following via email:

"The communities were also informed that the Catechist team met with Archbishop Byrnes last week.  They explained to him how we receive Holy Communion. Archbishop Byrnes then suggested a very tiny change, which all the communities in Guam will now be following.  The tiny change is that after receiving the Body of Christ, the brothers remain standing until everyone receives it. Then together with the priest, we consume the Body of Christ standing, and then we sit down. Everything else in the liturgy remains the same.  That was the only slight change that was made, which Archbishop Byrnes recommended to the Catechist team. Perhaps, this slight change will appease the traditionalist Catholics who oppose the Way."



Dear Archbishop Byrnes. If this is true, then you have some "splainin' to do. No priest, no bishop has the right to alter the Mass. That is reserved to the Holy See. Let's hope they're just spinning stories like they usually do.


Let us review what the Universal Church requires of the priest-celebrant:

GENERAL INSTRUCTION FOR THE ROMAN MISSAL
157. When the prayer is concluded, the priest genuflects, takes the host consecrated in the same Mass, and, holding it slightly raised above the paten or above the chalice, while facing the people, says, Ecce Agnus Dei (This is the Lamb of God). With the people he adds, Domine, non sum dignus (Lord, I am not worthy).

158. After this, standing and turned toward the altar, the priest says quietly, Corpus Christi custodiat me in vitam aeternam (May the Body of Christ bring me to everlasting life) and reverently receives the Body of Christ. Then he takes the chalice, saying quietly, Sanguis Christi custodiat me in vitam aeternam (May the Blood of Christ bring me to everlasting life), and reverently receives the Blood of Christ.

Now let us review what Archbishop Byrnes has reportedly authorized:
The tiny change is that after receiving the Body of Christ, the brothers remain standing until everyone receives it. Then together with the priest, we consume the Body of Christ standing, and then we sit down.
The General Instruction for the Roman Missal CLEARLY requires the priest to consume both consecrated species BEFORE he distributes Holy Communion to the communicants. However, Archbishop Byrnes reportedly has, all on his own and without any public and published approval from the Holy See, taken upon himself the role of the pope, and has authorized the priest-celebrant to delay his own communion until after he has distributed the consecrated hosts to the communicants.

Byrnes (reportedly) also violates GIRM par 161 which requires the communicant to consume the host "as soon as the communicant receives the host:"

161. If Communion is given only under the species of bread, the priest raises the host slightly and shows it to each, saying, Corpus Christi (The Body of Christ). The communicant replies, Amen, and receives the Sacrament either on the tongue or, where this is allowed and if the communicant so chooses, in the hand. As soon as the communicant receives the host, he or she consumes it entirely.

vs Byrnes' reported permission to NOT consume it "as soon as the communicant receives the host," but to hold it till all have received:
The tiny change is that after receiving the Body of Christ, the brothers remain standing until everyone receives it. Then together with the priest, we consume the Body of Christ standing, and then we sit down.
Let us hope this is NOT true for if it is there is NO HOPE OF EVER TRUSTING BYRNES, for this has been the central issue from the beginning. 

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