I’m writing this for a bit of aid and to benefit from the vast wisdom of this collected community. My wife is the director of music and worship at our parish; and we are getting much push back in trying to correct what we are perceiving to be a liturgical abuse.
The short of the problem is this: Under a former pastor, the entire active ministerial body processed in during the opening processional. This is to say that the priest, deacon (if present), and lector all processed in. All of that is quite acceptable. However, in addition to these typical members of the procession, all of the extraordinary ministers of holy communion as well as the cantor processed in as well. If it was a special Mass, say All Souls day or something where a specific ministry was being highlighted, that ministry would process in as well.
My wife very quickly nipped the cantor processing in; using the simple logic that the cantor is busy exercising his ministry during the gathering hymn, and that he/she should be serving as opposed to processing.
What it is turning into is a “moment in the spotlight” for the various lay ministers, rather than a humble approach to the altar. It is very much a time where these people can stand front and center before all the congregation…In the far off distance, I can hear trumpets blaring… :shrug:
At recent meetings, she has told the EMOHCs that they will no longer be processing in. She has been met with blacklash ranging from simple refusal to personal attacks against her. Really, its been a very trying time. The pastor supports the decision, but hasn’t publicly stood along side her in this time.
What I’m wondering is if this community can point me in the direction of liturgical documents that might defend her point (or justify the opposition?). I’ve been doing some research, but I haven’t really found much that I can give to her.
Thank you all for your time, and God bless.