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Jonas Simon Nathan wrote:

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I have two questions that have been bothering me for some time:

  1. We sing Hymns of receiving the Holy Bread and Wine at Mass, and the celebrant also recites Jesus' Words:

Take this all of you and drink from it, This is the Cup of my Blood,

But at my parish, the priest drinks all of the wine and gives those that have come to Mass only the small consecrated host.  I feel this is hypocritical in that I not able to say the Prayer after Communion where we give thanks for receiving the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. I asked the priests about this, but they kept mum.  I read somewhere that the wine is to be offered only to small gatherings in the Church. No wonder so many sin by not receiving the [Consecrated Wine|Blood of Christ].

  1. Most of the statues of Saint Anthony of Padua have a Rosary on him. The Rosary is the one Mother Mary at Lourdes gave to Sister Bernadette more than a century ago, but St. Anthony lived way back in 1200s A.D. and died between 1235 A.D. and 1237 A. D.

    At that time, the ten-decade Rosary was not said, rather a rope Rosary was used for the 150-bead Psalm Rosary.

    • Why then is St. Anthony being shown with the five-decade Lourdes Rosary?

    Even St. Anthony might question this if he miraculously appeared to see his Statue with the Lourdes Rosary.

Kindly resolve these issues to increase my Faith.

I was born and raised Catholic. Hallelujah!

Jonas

  { Why can't we receive Communion like the priest does and why is St. Anthony shown with a Rosary? }

Mike replied:

Hi, Jonas —

The practice of whether the parishioners receive the sacred species under both kinds: the consecrated host and the consecrated wine or just under the consecrated host, will vary from parish to parish. The local bishop will obviously have some input.

The important thing to know is even if you only receive the Blessed Sacrament under the consecrated host, you always receive:

The Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Our Blessed Lord. Just because you don't drink from the chalice doesn't mean you don't receive the precious Blood of Our Lord.

You do!

You may ask:

  • How can I receive Something that is liquid (the precious blood) in a solid form (the consecrated host)?

My answer:

Look up God's job description : ) With Him anything is possible.

On the Rosary and statues of Saint Anthony of Padua:

You said:
Most of the statues of Saint Anthony of Padua have a Rosary on him.

Most Franciscan religious, as well as other religious, have a devotion to the Holy Rosary and many wear one on their monastic rope [belt] which is tied around their mid section.

Usually, St. Anthony has been depicted with the child Jesus in his arms. I looked up his biography on New Advent and found nothing about what you have said. 

You said:
The Rosary is the one Mother Mary at Lourdes gave to Sister Bernadette more than a century ago, but St. Anthony lived way back in 1200s A.D. and died between 1235 A.D. and 1237 A.D.

At that time, the ten-decade Rosary was not said, rather a rope Rosary was used for the 150-bead Psalm Rosary.

  • Why then is St. Anthony being shown with the (five-decade) Lourdes Rosary?

Even St. Anthony might question this if he miraculously appeared to see his Statue with the Lourdes Rosary.

I'm unfamiliar with this history and I don't know what a Mother Lourdes Rosary is.

Our Blessed Mother at Lourdes did ask Bernadette to pray the Rosary, but I can't add anything past that. Maybe my colleagues can add something.

The Rosary as we know it today was given to the Church through a special vision from Our Blessed Mother to St. Dominic who lived from about 1170 A.D. to August 6, 1221 A.D.

It was in the year 1214 that the Church received the Rosary in its present form and according to the method we use today. It was given to the Church by St. Dominic, who had received it from the Blessed Virgin as a means of converting the Albigensians and other sinners. Saint Dominic, seeing that the gravity of people's sins was hindering the conversion of the Albigensians, withdrew into a forest near Toulouse, where he prayed continuously for three days and three nights. During this time he did nothing but weep and did harsh penances to appease the anger of God. At this point our Lady appeared to him, accompanied by three angels, and she said,

"Dear Dominic, do you know which weapon the Blessed Trinity wants to use to reform the world?"

"Oh, my Lady," answered Saint Dominic, "you know far better than I do, because next to your Son Jesus Christ you have always been the chief instrument of our salvation."

Then Our Lady replied, "I want you to know that, in this kind of warfare, the principal weapon has always been the Angelic Psalter (Rosary), which is the foundation-stone of the New Testament. Therefore, if you want to reach these hardened souls and win them over to God, preach my Psalter [the Rosary]."

So he arose, comforted, and burning with zeal for the conversion of the people in that district, he made straight for the cathedral. At once unseen angels rang the bells to gather the people together, and Saint Dominic began to preach.

During this period of time the Blessed Virgin revealed to Saint Dominic in a private revelation 15 promises to those who would devote themselves to praying the Holy Rosary on a regular basis.
A few hundred years later these same promises were revealed to Blessed Alan de la Roche (also known as Blessed Alan De Rupe) in a private revelation.

Because these promises were handed down to the Church in a private revelation, Catholics are not bound to believe them at all.

That's the best I can do.

Mike

Richard replied:

Hi, Mike —

I'm not sure when the practice of praying (five decades of the Rosary at a time), rather than all
fifteen
became common but it probably happened after the lifetime of St Anthony.

If so, then a five-decade Rosary on a statue of St. Anthony would be a sort of anachronism.
<a thing belonging or appropriate to a period other than that in which it exists.>

I think that is what Jonas is getting at.

I suppose this is a case of religious art taking liberties with history: using a set of Rosary beads in the form familiar to us.

Richard

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