It is not permitted, but you will notice that there is only one EMHC shown offering the chalice in this way. I agree that it’s not right, but one poorly catechised EMHC is just an accident. Yes, if EMHCs are used at all they should be properly educated. Yes, there were enough priests available to distribute communion (but possibly they hadn’t submitted their credentials in time - a big Mass like that has a huge process of accreditation which may have to be completed two-three days before the actual Mass, it’s fairly credible that all those priests who didn’t distribute communion flew in too late). Somehow one slipped through the net and the cameras focused on him. He should be spoken to but there’s no reason to suppose it was going on throughout the arena or that it is a widespread practice.
I know the previous criticism has been deleted whilst I watched the whole Mass, but just fwiw, I did watch the whole thing and I thought it was a really reverent, beautiful celebration. If people are complaining about the rubrics not being followed, I don’t see where.
There was no ‘rock music’ in the Mass, that was part of the pre-Mass celebrations. The actual Mass had very classic music (I won’t say traditional as it wasn’t Gregorian chant, but it was classic whilst maintaining a Mass setting that most people would know and be able to sing along to).
There was a mixture of Latin and English; sung, chanted and spoken parts. There was an organ (well done outdoors!), incense (alright, if I had a criticism it would be of the carrying of the incense in bowls amongst the people; but the altar, gifts and priests were all censed properly and the censing of the people is optional anyway so it doesn’t particularly bother me), a deacon proclaiming the parts which are proper to him. All in all, for such a massive organisational nightmare, they did very well keeping it holy and focused on God and rubrically correct.
Some extraneous things were annoying - like the TV commentary, but that can’t be the fault of the Congress organisers, it’s just RTE.