By Connecticut Catholic Corner
I have a question today about an accident I witnessed during a televised Catholic Mass.
This morning I found myself up at the crack of dawn. Unable to fall back to sleep I decided to start my day by tuning in to our local Catholic Mass on television.
Today, Father Joseph Devine of St. Rose of Lima parish in Meriden, Ct was celebrating the Mass on ORTV (Office of Radio and Television).
A recording of the Mass can be seen HERE.
Since each television Mass is sold on DVD it is not available to download or upload to this blog, so going directly to the link is the only option to view the entire 30 minute Mass.
The reason I am mentioning this is because of what happened during this morning's Mass. The priest accidentally dropped the consecrated Host into the Cup,
then fished the soggy Consecrated Host out of the Cup...
...placing the soggy Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ on the paten.
He then breaks off a piece, placing it in the Cup, and soon eats PART of the soggy Host leaving several soggy pieces of the Host on the paten.
He then places a small soggy piece of the Consecrated Host into the hands of a gentlemen... (so the Blood of Christ is now on the hands of this gentleman)
and then LEAVES the rest of the soggy Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ on the paten, covering it with linen and removing it from the altar.
You can see the soggy Host in the image below being covered up.
Should he have not eaten the entire soggy Consecrated Host?
Should he have wiped the Blood from his wet fingers on the cloth?
Is there another way this is handled when something like this occurs?
I was truly expecting him to eat the entire Host quickly before it could fall apart.
I'd love to hear from a priest how such an accident is properly handled.
Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner