No elevation/presentation at Behold the Lamb


#1

At a Mass this morning the priest did not present/hold up the Host at “Behold the Lamb of God…”, he just held his hands apart in the orans position - I was a little surprised since I had never seen that before. This isn’t a complaint thread, I was just wondering about the rubrics or whether this is common.


#2

Girm 157:

the priest genuflects, takes a host consecrated at the same mass, and, holding it slightly raised above the paten or above the chalice, facing the people, says, ecce agnus dei (behold the lamb of god)


#3

No, it isn’t something in the rubrics. It should not be done that way. Perhaps the priest had a lapse of memory or was just confused at the moment. I can tell you, that happens sometimes.

If it just happened once, it was likely a simple mistake.

Yesterday, instead of the post-Communion prayer, I started to read the Prayer Over the People (the last text on that page of the Missal, where the post-Communion is usually located). I read one sentence, realized I had the wrong paragraph, and went back and did the post-Communion prayer. These things just happen sometimes.


#4

Not to derail this thread but if A priest reads the prayer of the people instead of prayer after communion by accident and doesn’t correct themselves is mass still licit and valid? Hapened on Sunday at my church


#5

Yes. It’s still valid.

Reading the wrong prayer is not a licit act; so that particular moment is illicit, but that does not affect the validity of the Mass. Nor does it affect the fact that everyone’s Sunday obligation has been fulfilled. It’s simply a mistake that happened and nothing more.


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