I have been an adult altar server at my parish for quite some time. Over the past few weeks I have been training a male college student to be an altar server. He was very serious about learning how to do things right so we spent plenty of time on the training.
This morning was his first chance to serve by himself (I was not present.) Another (very questionable) adult altar server immediately cornered him and said we are to STAND as altar servers during the consecration. This notion was introduced (and finally retracted) in the past by the woman in charge of altar servers at my parish.
Next, the lady in charge of readers and EMsHC told him we are to omit things like the lavabo because when we DO do it on Sunday, it makes the Mass “more special.” Obviously both pieces of advice are incorrect. I’m well aware of what the GIRM says, etc.
I am posting all of this to ask two questions. First, why do people push this sorta garbage? In this day and age it’s simply too easy to reference the truth. Do they do it out of malice or ignorance?
Second even when my pastor is in town, he turns a deaf ear to such things, as does our bishop who is currently a lame duck. Is there anything else one can do? Obviously the Holy See is not going to get involved in a case like this, but to be honest, their actions almost feel evil to me.
They won’t try to foist their erroneous notions on me, but it sickened me to see how they attacked the brand-new server. I’ll let you know how things work out. He serves tomorrow as well.
Sorry for the long posting.