Liturgy

Attendance at Chrism Mass

March 15, 2021

Q: Are all the priests of the diocese obliged to attend/concelebrate at the Chrism Mass to show the unity of the presbyterate?

A: The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) explains the significance of concelebration with the bishop:

Disregard for an Alb at a Priest-Only Mass

March 8, 2021

Q: One of my priest companions does not want to wear the alb when only some priests are present as concelebrants. When students or faithful attend, he does wear one; but I feel that he should not be satisfied with the stole even when only companion priests are present. How can I convince him? I tried but in vain. 

Celebrating Mass Without Candles

March 1, 2021

Q: As an elderly retired priest who offers daily Mass in my apartment, I suffer from severe allergies to fragrances. Burning candles give off a fragrance that causes health problems. Is it permitted to offer Mass not using candles? 

Communion After a Livestreamed Mass

February 17, 2021

Q: I am confused and somewhat concerned about watching a virtual Mass on television or a computer, and then driving by one’s parish to receive Communion. Are there Church documents, or is there a precedent to support this practice?

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