I’ve learned a lot in these forums and have always found the answers that i needed with out posting…Thanks…
But now, I am a bit baffled about something that I experienced this weekend.
I was invited to a retreat at a person’s home. This is common in our community because our Parish does not have space to do these types of event. The Pastor did grant permission.
I noticed that in the backyard, a tent was set up and it was well covered all around. Inside, to my surprise was the Blessed Sacrament exposed in the Monstrance. It had two candles in the altar and the tent always had people praying and worshiping. He was never left alone.
Thats number one…Number two is that during the prayer, in the “retreat house” not the tent, a lay person came and with a piece of cloth picked up the Monstrance, with great reverence of course, and walked the Monstrance to the house. Two people followed with candles.
The Monstrance was placed on an altar and prayer continued. The same gentleman that carried the Monstrance in, placed the Monstrance on people’s heads while praying. He is neither a Priest or a Deacon.
The Monstrance was carried back to the Tent.
Later on that day, The Monstance was brought in in the same manner by a new person and taken back in the same manner.
I feel in my heart that this is wrong, but i need proof.
I read a little on the matter in the Relationship Between Eucharistic Worship Outside Mass where it says:
91…Such ministers may open the tabernacle and also, as required, place the ciborium on the altar or place the host in the monstrance. At the end of the period of adoration, they replace the blessed sacrament in the tabernacle. It is not lawful, however, for them to give the blessing with the sacrament.
Is this all a lay person is limited to regarding this subject?
Canon Law also states the following:
Can. 943 The minister of exposition of the blessed Sacrament and of the eucharistic blessing is a priest or deacon. In special circumstances the minister of exposition and deposition alone, but without the blessing, is an acolyte, and extraordinary minister of holy communion, or another person deputed by the local Ordinary, in accordance with the regulations of the diocesan Bishop.
I dont want to make a mistake and cause problems. This needs to be addressed if wrong and it should not be based on my feelings, beliefs, or opinions…