Question of the Day for Thursday, May 9, 2013
Spilled Precious Blood
Q. Does the presence of the blood remain as Eucharistic Blood only for a certain length of time? For example when spilled on an altar cloth and on a corporal? I launder some of these items and the wine stains the cloth, and I hope am treating it properly. I know that the Host, if misplaced and found, is to be consumed immediately. That is why I question the stains from the Blood.
— Pat Schafer
A. Here’s a reply from Father Reginald Martin:
Catholics must believe, “After the consecration has been completed the Body and Blood are permanently present in the Eucharist” (Ludwig Ott, “Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma,” p. 386). This doctrine was formulated to counter those who taught the Presence of Christ remained in the bread and wine only so long as the worshiping community was gathered together. However, it does raise an interesting question: Does Christ’s presence remain in the accidental species if they spoil or cease to be recognizable?
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