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ISSUE: Where should the priest place the gifts of bread and wine for the consecration? RESPONSE: In the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) and Sacramentary, the Church instructs that both the bread and the wine should be placed on the corporal on the altar for the consecration (GIRM, nos. 141-2; Sacramentary, Liturgy of the Eucharist). During Masses in which larger amounts of bread and wine will be consecrated than will fit on the corporal, the celebrant’s chalice and paten should remain on the corporal and the additional gifts should be placed near them on the altar. DISCUSSION: The … Continue reading