Our third "bone to pick" with dissenters is on the role of Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Eucharist and the regulations governing both species and purification of the sacred vessels. So many of the Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist (not "Eucharistic Ministers" - the modern moniker they have been given unofficially, but not officially by the Church) seem to treat the chalices and cups, or whatever containers pass for chalices these days - from glass to coffee-like cups - like nothing more than dirty dishes, merely wiping them out after Holy Communion and leaving them on a table. Are they properly purified after the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass by the priest or sacristan? That is a good question for no one knows for sure, most of this being done away from the gaze of the congregation. After Holy Communion the celebrant purifies the main chalice, and he should purify all the chalices used to contain Christ's precious blood in the form of wine and the empty ciboriums that held His precious body in the form of bread. Any holy hosts left over are to reverently be put immediately into the tabernacle. If there is not a tabernacle per se, such as an outdoor Mass or a Mass away from the Church, then all hosts are to be consumed with no particles left over. Note we have said "particles" for there crumbs translate to particles. The composition of most unleavened hosts are such that crumbs are seldom. Holy Mother Church in her wisdom, decreed such in following Christ's example of using unleavened bread at the Last Supper. However, many liberal bishops and priests today authorize the use of leavened bread to emphasize the "banquet" aspect of the Mass, claiming Vatican II changed that. Wrong! Also, Vatican II did not advocate altar girls nor did they encourage the congregation to leave their pews immediately after Mass to "communicate with each other as 'other Christs' outside or, worse still in the main body of the church. Rather they advocated staying after and praying as part of the thanksgiving prayer process after Holy Communion.
Below are the verifications of the documents on purification of the sacred vessels for Holy Communion and the proper ingredients to be used, taken from VATICAN COUNCIL II, VOLUME II, More Postconciliar Documents; General Editor Austin Flannery, O.P. Costello Publishing Company, page 97 and 98 on the Instruction on Certain Norms concerning the Worship of the Eucharistic Mystery (S.C.S.D.W., Inaestimabile Donum 3, April 1980.
13. Even after Communion the Lord remains present under the species. Accordingly, when Communion has been distributed, the sacred particles remaining are to be consumed or taken by the competent minister to the place where the Eucharist is reserved.
14. On the other hand, the consecrated wine is to be consumed immediately after Communion and may not be kept. Care must be taken to consecrate only the amount of wine needed for Communion.
15. The rules laid down for the purification of the chalice and the other sacred vessels that have contained the Eucharistic species must be observed. (24).
16. Particular respect and care are due to the sacred vessels, both the
chalice and paten for the celebration of the Eucharist, and the ciboria for
the Communion of the faithful. The form of the vessels must be appropriate
for the liturgical use for which they are meant. The material must be
noble, durable and in ever case adapted to sacred use. In this sphere
judgment belongs to the Episcopal Conference of the individual regions.
Use is not to be made of simple baskets or other receptacles meant for ordinary use outside the sacred celebrations, nor are the sacred vessels to be of poor quality or lacking any artistic style.
Before being used, chalices and patens must be blessed by the Bishop or by a priest. (25)