Fostering Reverence

A response to: When the Liturgy of the Eucharist Is Fast

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To “slow down” the Eucharistic Prayer, and/or make it more solemn, the use of bells (never forbidden) can be re-introduced. Also, slower and more reverent gestures and postures at the consecration accompanying the words helps to focus attention. I have seen how people seem to react to a more marked genuflection after each consecration, when accompanied by a slow and quite high elevation of the sacred host and of the chalice.

A “high” elevation might seem to be only necessary where the Mass is celebrated “facing East,” but it is not out of place when facing the congregation. In addition, the bells and “high” elevation constitute a teaching moment for parents of small children.

Father Torlach Delargy

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