I have a number of questions regarding the application of Summorum Pontificum:
- Can images, statues and relics be placed directly on or above a newly constructed altar to be used for the Extraordinary Form of Holy Mass? I know the Cannons Regular of St John Cantius do place reliquaries ON the altar during Mass. Obviously they can keep the statues because the altar is pre-Vatican II. So, I’m curious how the reliquaries would be permissible.
2. I know of parishes that removed the relics from their altar stones after Vatican II, so I’m assuming that occurred in quite a few places. Also, the Ordinary Form of the Mass is celebrated quite often on a standard table-like structure. So, a) Is it necessary under Summorum Pontificum to celebrate the Extraordinary Form of Mass on an altar stone and one that b) contains relics? and c) If so, do the relics have to conform to the new guidelines of relics, that they be a recognizable piece of bone, etc?
Are ALL the rites that were in use in 1962 permitted? This would include, but not limited to, the distribution of all Sacraments, (Baptism, Confirmation, Unction, Holy Orders, Matrimony…) dedication of a church or consecration of an altar, enrollment in a religious confraternity or sodality, blessing of sacramentals, use of the 1962 Breviary… If not, which ceremonies or rites are permitted to be performed using the 1962 forms?
If the above are permitted, to what extent then, is the 1983 Code of Cannon Law applicable to those preferring or using the 1962 forms?
Is it permissible to receive Holy Communion in the hand at an EF Mass? I have read divergent opinions on this and need clarification.
Are lay ministers permitted to do the readings at Mass under the EF? I have read divergent opinions on this, as well.
Does Mass under the EF need to be celebrated on an altar consecrated using the 1962 (or prior, if older) rite of consecration?
If an altar had it’s relics removed, would it then need to be a) re-consecrated and if yes, b) would it need to be re-consecrated under the rites of 1962? (letter b, would seem to be redundant to question 7, but actually answers a different question)
Is there a place I can go for clarification on all of these matters ?
What other issues have been raised in this regard?
Thanks in advance.