Vatican II: A Walk-Through - The Concelebration of Mass
A custom which has always been found in the Church — signifies the unity of the priesthood.
Until the Second Vatican Council, however, the custom had usually been restricted to the
Mass for the ordination of a priest or the consecration of a bishop. The Council has extend
the custom of concelebration to other occasions, such as the Mass on the evening of Maundy Thursday, and Masses celebrated at meetings of priests. Similarly, the Council has recognized
that in certain cases, clerics, religious and lay people may receive Holy Communion under the species of wine as well as of bread. Examples given in the Constitution on the Liturgy are:
newly ordained clerics in the Mass of Ordination; newly professed religious, in the Mass of profession; and newly baptized adults in the Mass which maybe said following their baptism.
The Apostolic See reserves the right to determine these cases, and to issue rules both for concelebration and for receiving Holy Communion under both kinds.
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