Hi all… I have been lurking in these forums for quite some time, but this is my first post. I am discerning the call to be a permanent deacon, and am in my third year of formation. I was installed as an acolyte a few weeks back. In my past, i abused alcohol, so I am a recovering alcoholic with over 10 years of sobriety. My deacon director is all aware of that.
My question is, how do priests, deacons or instituted acolytes purify the vessels if they are an alcoholic? I asked my deacon director this question, and he said he will find out, but he has yet to get an answer.
This past weekend I was an acolyte at mass, and the priest who was the presider at mass, also knows I am an alcoholic, asked me to purify the vessels. I didn’t really have a chance during mass to remind him of my issue, so I just did my best, poured as much water into the vessels as possible to dilute as much of the precious blood as possible and said a prayer to God to please not allow me to slip in my sobriety (NB… I could taste a little of the precious blood). What do others who suffer with my addiction do? I know I can’t be the only person in the world in this situation, so I am hoping others may help.
Hopefully in a few days/weeks my deacon director will have an answer for me on this, but I was curious as t o how other handle this. If you suffer from alcohol addiction and don’t wish to post that on the forum for all to see, please feel free to private message me.
Thank you and God bless you all for your help.