Hello - I am a member of a lay association that has daily Eucharistic Adoration from 8am until 8pm. Last year I became aware that one of our policies was incorrect. We have been instructed by our leaders to veil the monstrance and Blessed Sacrament in the event of an emergency and we have to leave. For instance, if the next adorer does not arrive on time and you wait for a sufficient amount of time (30 minutes or so) and they do not show up, you are supposed to call one of the leaders to either find someone or they come themselves to relieve you.
But if nobody can or does come, then we are supposed to use the veil and then just leave.
This has bothered me and last year I actually spoke with the leaders to fix it. I was assured that since it was only an emergency situation that it wasn’t really very serious. But today I found this:
(From Redemptionis Sacramentum)
138. Still, the Most Holy Sacrament, when exposed, must never be left unattended even for the briefest space of time. It should therefore be arranged that at least some of the faithful always be present at fixed times, even if they take alternating turns.
- Although the gravity of a matter is to be judged in accordance with the common teaching of the Church and the norms established by her, objectively to be considered among grave matters is anything that puts at risk the validity and dignity of the Most Holy Eucharist: namely, anything that contravenes what is set out above in nn. 48-52, 56, 76-77, 79, 91-92, 94, 96, 101-102, 104, 106, 109, 111, 115, 117, 126, 131-133, 138, 153 and 168. Moreover, attention should be given to the other prescriptions of the Code of Canon Law, and especially what is laid down by canons 1364, 1369, 1373, 1376, 1380, 1384, 1385, 1386, and 1398.
Since this is only being done in the case of a serious need, and perhaps even on a relatively rare occasion, should this be considered grave matter? I understand something can be objectively wrong but cuplability can be subjective.
Do I need to cause another stir? I realize we are all bound to protect the sacrament, and I have volunteered to come whenever I am needed since I live close by to the chapel.
Also, sometimes people get up to use the bathroom which is right next to our very tiny chapel. Are we also forbidden to do that when nobody else is there?