[quote=Orionthehunter]Actually, I believe that this is a proper means to allow Adoration when there are not enough people to have it Perpetual. The important matter is to never leave Christ exposed and alone. The person should be instructed on teh proper way to cover and uncover the Monstrance.
P.S. I’m not 100% confident that I’m right on this but I remember hearing/reading this someplace. As I live in a rural state, sometimes the Church has to figure out things that allow us to enjoy the devotions extended to those of you in more populated areas. If I’m incorrect in this, I’d love clarification as I don’t think that where this is done, there is any knowledge or inkling that this may be improper.
I’m not sure if this practice is proper either, nor whether it differs significantly if, instead of covering/uncovering a monstrance, exposition is achieved by the sort of tabernacle Orionthehunter described (which I’ve run across once or twice too).
The norm from 1973 states:
#91] In the absence of a priest or deacon or if they are lawfully impeded, the following persons may publicly expose and later repose the eucharist for the adoration of the faithful:
a. an acolyte or special minister of communion;
b. upon appointment by the local Ordinary, a member of a religious community or of a pious association of laymen or laywomen which is devoted to eucharistic adoration.
Which implies, to me, that not just anyone ought to be exposing/reposing the eucharist. But perhaps the veiling doesn’t count as exposition, or perhaps there may be a more recent document?