Today and last Sunday, something different happened at church, and I don’t quite feel that it is right, but I’d like to know for sure.
During the gospel, the congregation was asked to sit. Then 3 lay people came forward and the priest blessed them. Then he sat down and these three people read the gospel - some men, some women. One was like a narrator, one read Jesus’ part, and one read the part of the lady at the well (last week) and one read the part of the blind man (today).
This week, the priest gave the homily afterward. But last week, the homily was given by the female pastoral associate in conjunction with a female lay person. (I have nothing against women, being one myself. I only mention it in case being a woman in any of these roles has a bearing on the situation.)
I know that only the presider is supposed to deliver the homily. But is what happened for the reading of the Gospel okay?
Thank you for your help.