Sunday, 29 June 2014

In The Sacristy...

As a bit of a trad, I am aware that the laity, and especially lay women, should not handle the sacred vessels for Mass. I am also fully cognizant of the Old Testament passage which records the unpleasant fate of the two men who - albeit from the very best of motives - touched the Ark of the Covenant. Unfortunately, in my role of Assistant Sacristan, it isn't always possible for me to avoid handling the chalice and paten, especially when there aren't any servers around. So I try to use a purificator, but this hasn't always been practical. And yes, I know that I have been "permitted" to handle things by my parish priest, but I'm not entirely comfortable doing so. And the sense of unease has been growing.

It occurred to me that museum curators wear gloves when handling precious manuscripts, and I wondered whether this might provide a solution. I happened to mention it to a few of the senior servers (partly to test whether they thought I was Upton Park*) and today Mattheus brought me a present:


I strongly refute the suggestion of the Senior MC that this is the first step in getting the relevant vestments sorted for my new appointment as a womyn bishop.

Now I just have to find out if there's a blessing for gloves...

*Two stops short of Barking.

5 comments:

Just another mad Catholic said...

Just be glad they didn't think of sending you east dagenham

Eamonn Whelan said...

Apologies for not advising you that the link to EFPastoremeritus on your side`bar was changed some months ago as it had been infiltrated by a malicious person.

The new link if you wish to add it is efpastoremeritus2.com

Best wishes in your journey
to Wymen Ordination :-) Be careful what you pray for...you may get it!

Society of St. Bede said...

My wife said, Upton Park thats beyond Barking...

Which I suppose is correct if you are in Upminster!

Zephyrinus said...

Nobody's mentioned MORNINGTON CRESCENT.

Yet !!!

Truthfinder said...

If our servers have to touch the chalice or monstrance, they have gloves. And considering these gloves have a sacred usage, you could at least get the et omnia blessing for them.

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