Elements used for the Mass (all Masses including daily Mass) should be as follows: Hosts are to be made from unleavened bread. Please do not use pita bread or Hawaiian bread. Please obtain from a reputable source.
Altar wine should be made from grapes with no additives. It is recommended that it have at least 13% alcohol. Please do not use muscadine, strawberry infused or Ripple.


Distribution and Reception of Holy Communion under both Species
•    Both the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, and the United States document, Norms for the Distribution and Reception of Holy Communion Under Both Kinds for the Dioceses of the United States, uphold the principle that “Holy Communion has a more complete form as a sign when it is received under both kinds. For in this manner of reception a fuller sign of the Eucharist banquet shines forth.” (GIRM, #281, Norms, 320)
•    Distribution and reception of Holy Communion under both species has been the practice in the parishes of the Diocese of Jackson for the last 35 years.
•    There should be no change to this laudable practice and Communion from the Chalice should continue and be encouraged for all the faithful.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and the purification of sacred vessels:
•    Extraordinary Ministers should continue to consume reverently whatever is left of the precious blood after everyone has received communion, but should no longer pour water into the chalice, swirl and consume. That action is reserved for the priest, deacon or instituted acolyte.
•    Extraordinary Ministers should wipe the chalices and ciboria thoroughly with the purificator immediately after the priest, deacon or instituted acolyte has purified them.
•    Extraordinary Ministers should also continue to wash the chalices and store them after Mass after they have been purified by the priest, deacon or instituted acolyte.

Basic instructions for Extraordinary Ministers (EMs):

  1. After everyone has received communion return to the credence table with your chalice.
  2. Consume what is left of the Precious Blood in the chalice. PLEASE do not consume the remaining Precious Blood while walking. If there is more than you are able to consume then ask for assistance from another EM or the celebrant.
  3. If you helped distribute the consecrated hosts, then bring your ciborium to the corporal on the altar to be combined into one ciborium for transfer to the tabernacle.
  4. Bring empty ciboria to credence table.
  5. After the priest, deacon or instituted acolyte have purified the vessels, take a purificator and thoroughly dry each vessel. See “options for priests…” below.
  6. Return to your places.
  7. After Mass bring purified vessels to sacristy for washing and storing.
  8. In some cases the priest may choose to purify the vessels immediately following Mass. If this happens it is preferable that the vessels should remain on the credence table covered by purificators or an appropriate cloth until they are purified.

Options for priests, deacons and instituted acolytes when there is a large number of vessels or there are time constraints:

  1. Pour a fair amount of water into one ciborium to get fragments of consecrated hosts. That water may then be poured into the next ciborium.
  2. Pour the water from the ciborium into main chalice and swirl in the customary manner to purify. You may want to add some more water.
  3. Pour the water from the main chalice into the next chalice and swirl, then pour that water into the next chalice and swirl and so on. This way you will only have to consume the ablution from one chalice. In this fashion the water begins in the first ciborium and finishes in the last chalice.
  4. EMs will thoroughly dry ciboria and chalices with purificators after the vessels have been purified and then return to their places.
  5. The priest, deacon or instituted acolyte who is purifying should remain with EMs until drying process is completed so that all can return to their places in an orderly fashion. The drying process may begin as soon as the first ciborium is purified.
  6. The whole process should take only about 1-3 minutes, so in the interest of the dignity and the sacredness of the sacrament, it would be best to do this immediately following communion and not wait until after Mass. This also will give people in the pews a few extra minutes to reflect on the sacrament.




Hans Memling, Chalice of St. John the Evangelist 1470, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC Open Access

There have been some recent questions about sacred vessels at Mass and whether the use of glass and ceramic materials is possible. Paragraphs 327-330 from the GIRM and paragraphs 117-118 from Redemptionis Sacramentum imply that glass and ceramic materials should not be used as sacred vessels because of their fragile nature. Therefore we ask that glass and ceramic chalices and ciboria not be used for liturgies in the Diocese of Jackson.