Spring 1969

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Gregorian sacramentary. Because of this ancient tradition and the theology of the prayers themselves it would be best that it be used when possible. According to the lnstructio de Cultu Mysterii Eucharistici double species may be received. It would seem that the best place for the laying on of hands is after the homily. At this time the celebrant should end his homily in such a way that it would lead naturally into the laying on of hands. The laying on of hands should be something that the sick person should be used to. They can become familiar with this action if the priest always ends his regular visits by laying his hands on the head or shoulders of the sick person. For a prayer accompanying the action the following oration as taken and modified from the Gregorian sacramentary is good: "Lord, Holy Father, almighty and eternal God pour out your strength into this weak body, quicken this body and these limbs with your healing medicine, stretch forth your hand upon this your servant so that every bodily sickness may be driven out and he (she) may once again walk in perfect health and the fullness of your life. This we ask through your Son .Jesus."


The community of sick in the parish should have an opportunity to gather together for the celebration of the eucharist. A time for this gathering is Ember Saturday of the four seasons of the year. This gathering should be prepared for by making certain that the individual patients ann their families have the proper attitune, and by special anangements of the Church itself. The Church which is used shouln have a wide enough aisle or sanctuary for the wheel chairs, etc. that may be used on this day. Special parking spaces near the entrance or side of the Church should be had along with ramps for the wheel chairs. The time chosen for Mass should be one at which most would be at the peak of their energies. Nurses and a doctor