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Liturgy    NEW ROMAN MISSAL INSTRUCTION BRINGS CHANGES IN CELEBRATION OF MASS
The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments on Friday issued the first revision in 25 years of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal.
    The new Latin-language instruction -- released simultaneously in an English study translation -- makes a clear legislative decision on a controversy of recent years by declaring that it is ``desirable whenever possible'' for the priest to celebrate Mass facing the people.
    The instruction also pronounced on the location of the tabernacle, another source of ongoing controversy. While the 1975 instruction had expressed strong preference for a location outside the sanctuary, Friday's instruction gives equal weight to the options of a special chapel or ``in the sanctuary, apart from the altar of celebration.''
    The new instruction clarifies that communicants are never to receive the sacrament from one another, but only from the priest or another eucharistic minister.
    The document is available on the US bishops' Committee website at http://www.nccbuscc.org/liturgy/current/revmissalisromanien.htm
    - CNS
   
31 July 00



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