Background: I confess weekly, on Fridays, late in the afternoon. My parish has Adoration for two hours every Friday evening except during school vacation periods. I always go to Friday Adoration when it’s available, and I always stay for the entire two hours. I am the sacristan who prepares the chapel for Adoration, so I have a key to the church.
I have not been able to catch up with my confessor to ask this question and he will be away this coming Friday (I’m confessing to a different priest this week), so I hope he’s not the only person who can answer it!
Last Friday (April 12th), I received as penance something I was supposed to do during Adoration that evening. My confessor was very specific about it having to be that evening. So I went to Adoration; lo and behold, the priest who was supposed to expose the Blessed Sacrament never showed up. Half an hour into the Adoration period I was alone in an empty church. My instructions when that happens are to put everything away (monstrance, corporal, tabernacle key), lock up the church, and leave. That’s exactly what I did.
But…because there was no Adoration, I couldn’t do my penance. I’m not sure what to do now…?