Originally Posted by Rainaldo
I'm trying to gather some data about the use of EMHCs and its effect on the liturgy.
I have a suspicion that a single priest distributing on the tongue to a congregation kneeling at an altar rail is as efficient as - or is more efficient than - the use of EMHCs.
I've done some field observations at both OF and EF masses and I've tentatively confirmed this to be the case.
Would some of you attending either Form help me out by reporting what you find in your parishes?
Here's the information that would help me:
- How many EMHCs?
- How many communicants?
- How much time from the first congregant's reception to the last?
- That translates into how many receptions per second?
At an EF I went to I got just about 1 reception per second while at an OF with four EMHCs plus the priest I got a mere 0.75 reception per second.
This is going to vary. My concern would be why do you want to know? The Church has decided on this matter....it is not for you to decide. I myself don't want reception of the Eucharist in one second. If it would take 20 minutes at a second per reception with no EMHC's vs.20 minutes with EMHC's and we have the ability to look at the elevation and soak in "Body of Christ" and receive....then I am going with EMHC's.
There are also so things to consider:
Churches that don't have altar rails
Parishes that receive under both species
Parishes that are small but FULL--we have no space for that type of arrangement
We do have to consider time factors as we have other Masses on Sunday and noon Mass....people have to get back to work (like me). But we should be able to keep the sacredness of that moment....not
Body of Christ, Body of Christ, Body of Christ.....like an assembly line.
You seem like you have your mind made up....but you are not the Bishops.