Friday, April 11, 2014


Nobody was able to come up with the correct answer to last week's GULP Exam.

It is not about the tabernacle placement or the church structure, but the concelebrants.

In the image above, the Main Celebrant is a priest observing his Sacerdotal Ordination Anniversary.  Most, if not all, of his concelebrants are bishops.

What does the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments say about this?  Let me refer you to page B2 of CBCP Monitor dated May 10-23, 2010 Vol. 14, No. 10 wherein this same question is raised, and answered using Notitiae, the official organ of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, dated 2009.
Question: "Whether it is licit for a bishop to concelebrate on occasion of a priestly jubilee in which he takes a place among the priests ceding the role of principal celebrant to the priest celebrating his jubilee?"
Reply: Negative 

  • This norm, which is rooted in theological principles and the wisdom of the Church Fathers, is that the bishop either presides over the Eucharistic celebration or refrains from celebrating.
  • The Bishop has the fullness of the priesthood.
So there you have it.




  1. I recall during the time of Bp. Ted Buhain as District Bishop of QC-South, he is fond of joining the Eucharistic celebration of the Sacerdotal Anniversary of any of the Parish Priests in his district. He would then instruct us on the Order of the Mass with the following:
    - He will preside over the Introductory Rite and Liturgy of the Word.
    - He then will have the Parish Priest preside over the Liturgy of the Eucharist, and remains at the Presider's Chair.
    - He insists that any announcement, acknowledgements and thanksgiving speech be given after the conclusion of the Prayer After Communion.
    - He will preside back again during the Concluding Rite.

    This has been observed by many of the parishes in QC when a Bishop is present in a sacerdotal anniversary or when there is a guest Bishop for a particular Eucharistic Celebration.

    Then this was no longer practiced after the transition of the District of QC-South to the now Diocese of Cubao.

    1. Godefridus, what you just described is the Bishop presiding over the Liturgy of the Word (in the Mass) and is allowed by the Ceremonial of Bishops.

      "Even if the Bishop does not celebrate the Eucharist but has assigned someone else to do this, it is appropriate that he should preside over the Liturgy of the Word, wearing the pectoral cross, stole, and cope over an alb, and that he give the blessing at the end of Mass."

      Caeremoniale Episcoporum, editio typica, 1984, nos. 175-186

      The above mentioned practice is allowed and is seen mostly during the Installation of New Parish Priests.

  2. Di ko inasahan ito hehehe.... Di ko alam na mga obispo pala ng nakikipagconcelebrate... :)