Wednesday, April 28, 2010
What should I blog about today?
That's not my issue here however. I want to ask about the manner the altar is covered. There is an altar cloth covering the altar of course, as well as a corporal in the center at the edge of the altar, always set up for the consecration. It's always there, not just on the day we have Adoration - in fact, the monstrance is not even placed upon the corporal. I've never noticed a fresh corporal being unfolded in the Offertory preparation, likewise I've never noticed it folded after Mass.
On occasion I have observed what appears to be crumbs on the corporal as I removed the monstrance from the altar. This strikes me as sloppy and inappropriate. I've always thought the corporal was to be swept with the paten and any fragments placed in the chalice as it is purified, and then consumed by the priest. The next step being to fold it and remove it with the chalice after Mass?
So I am asking, is it normal to leave the corporal laid out open on the altar, day after day, Mass after Mass?