We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, He draws us to Himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”―Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

The Humble Corporal

No, not a self deprecating soldier. The title of this brief article refers to the linen placed upon the altar upon which the chalice and paten sit.

What is the Corporal?

The corporal is:
  • a square piece of linen, usually marked with a cross in the centre, that is laid upon the altar cloth or "fair linen".
  • folded: in thirds = Holy Trinity; and as a cross.
  • white (purity, glory, resurrection) and is marked with a simple or ornate white or red cross at the centre of the cloth or near the edge of the bottom of the linen (refer to the figure below) that aligns at the centre of the altar on or near the edge of the altar closest to where the priest stands.
  • placed on the altar (symbol of Jesus), and when not in use is stored in the burse.
  • practical: it catches particles of the Most Precious Body of Christ and any spills—God forbid!—of the Blood of Christ; and is symbolic: "corpus", meaning body.

The Corporal

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