Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Catholic Facts - As often as I can get them posted

I have been thinking about "Catholic Facts". I have been asked may questions about the "small" things in the Church as well as the "Big" things. In this section I will attempt to give a brief answer to a question about a "Catholic Detail".
Question: Is it ok for the priest to add his own pious prayers to the Mass, prayers like the "Hail Mary" immediately after Communion?

Answer: No, he may not "..no sacramental rite may be modified or manipulated at the will of the minister or the community. Even the superior authority in the Church may not change the liturgy arbitrarily." ("Catechism" #1125). Additions to the Mass are not authorized. Even the priest is not to impose his personal piety on the congregation. " Absolutely no other person (than Pope or Bishop) not even a priest, may add, remove, or change anything in the liturgy on his own authority." (Constitution on the Liturgy, Vol. II, #22, 3).
Thanks to Fr. Mark at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton for most of the questions and answers.

In Our Lord and Our Lady,

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