Thursday, April 08, 2010

How is a pyx consecrated for use?

My boy makes his First Holy Communion next month. His hosts and pyx arrived this week. I'll take the pyx (that's it above - rather nice, huh?) to Church and The Curate or Monsignor will, I hope, do the honours.

Just out of curiosity how is a pyx consecrated or blessed for use? Is there a pre-Conciliar Rite for it? Can such a Rite be used since Summorum Pontificum?


Blogger Ttony said...

In translation:


for reserving the holy Eucharist

{The blessings of the sacred appurtenances or furnishings sacra
supellex) required in sacred orship--vessels, utensils, vestments, linens, and the like-- used to be reserved to cardinals, bishops, pastors, priests especially delegated thereto, and religious superiors. Now according to the new "Instruction" of September 26, 1964, any priest may confer them.

In view of past interpretation of the Congregation of Sacred Rites, this would apply only to blessings in which no special anointing is required.}

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
All: Who made heaven and earth.
P: The Lord be with you.
All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.
Almighty everlasting God, we humbly entreat your sovereignty to
consecrate with your blessing + this tabernacle (or ciborium or
pyx) made to contain the body of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ;
through Christ our Lord.
All: Amen.

It is sprinkled with holy water.

8:28 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

Thank you

11:11 PM  
Anonymous Hestor said...

Why do you need a pyx?

1:22 AM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

My son is coeliac so his gluten free (but licit, wheaten) hosts don't come into contact with other hosts (covered in gluten)

8:08 AM  
Blogger Dominic Mary said...


I have a friend with the same problem; the trick is to convince the Priest that he can't even give your son Holy Communion, because he has already touched the 'normal' hosts - he just hands over the (closed) pyx, and your son then communicates himself : it's the only legitimate reason I can find for a lay person communicating him/herself.

However, make sure there is some facility for your son to rinse his fingers (and drink the ablution, unless it goes into the Sacrarium) after his communion !

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I use an 'open' pyx for the low gluten host (it comes with a top and a bottom half) which I 'store' in the hollow base of the Ciborium using my 'spare' hand whilst giving Holy Communion to everyone else.
When the person who needs that host comes to receive Holy Communion I retrieve it and 'tip' it into the hand of the Communicant - it remains 'uncontaminated' by my fingers and the other 'ordinary' hosts. (A language minefield here!!) 'Self-communicating' - i.e. Holy Communion in the hand directly from the sacred vessel - is the only sure way of avoiding contamination, unless there is another priest/deacon handy with washed hands who will give Holy Communion on the tongue to one Communicant.

7:31 AM  

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