And you thought you’d seen it all!
Italy: Little Girl distributes
Communion at Novus Ordo Mass!
The latest liturgical innovation comes to us from the diocese of Bergamo, Italy: At the parish church of St. Vitus in Ossanesga, a young girl helped to distribute the Novus Ordo version of Holy Communion this past Sunday, Oct. 22, 2023. Take a look:
(image redacted to protect the innocent)
The image is a still shot taken from a 21-second video originally published by GloriaTV, and which comes to us via the reliable Italian Messa in Latino blog, where we read: “Two altar girls, even of apparently pre-First Communion age, are seen – during Holy Mass – distributing communion to the faithful next to Fr. Eros Accorigi (class of 1970), pastor of Ossanesga since 2022” (translation via DeepL).
Obviously, the girls are not to be blamed, for they are not at fault. The parish presbyter is.
This absurdity seems to be the latest application of the obsession the Vatican II Church has with the young, and with allowing all kinds of people to distribute the (invalid) ‘Holy Eucharist’ to cause as much loss of Eucharistic devotion in souls as possible.
Yes, our Blessed Lord certainly had an immense and special love for children, “for the kingdom of heaven is for such” (Mt 19:14; cf. Mt 18:3; Mt 21:16; Lk 10:21). But there is a reason why the Church entrusts the distribution of Holy Communion only to adults, and then only to the ordained. Ordinarily it must be a priest; extraordinarily, a deacon is sometimes permitted to distribute — and only a deacon:
By ordination a deacon is the extraordinary minister of Holy Communion but only with permission of the local Ordinary or of the pastor granted by either for a serious reason, but this permission may be presumed in a case of need. Apart from necessity a deacon would not be justified in acting without permission. Examples of need are Viaticum for a sick person, the large number of communicants and the insufficiency of priests, etc….
(Fr. Nicholas Halligan, The Administration of the Sacraments [Cork: The Mercier Press, 1963], p. 106)
Lay extraordinary ministers are so absurd that they are not even considered by Fr. Halligan, not even as an idea the Church rejects.
Conclusion: There is absolutely no room for lay ‘Eucharistic ministers’, much less children, and even less so those who have not even made their own First Holy Communion yet! The Novus Ordo Sect has once again managed to come up with a liturgical novelty, one that is as absurd as it is scandalous.
There is an interesting passage in the prophet Isaias, which may be somewhat apropos here: “And I will give children to be their princes, and the effeminate shall rule over them. And the people shall rush one upon another, and every man against his neighbour: the child shall make it tumult against the ancient, and the base against the honourable” (Is 3:4-5).