Extraordinary Ministers receiving at the same time as the priest....


#1

I have been wondering for sometime about what happens before communion in our Parish. The Eucharistic Ministers have a Host in there hands and recieve it the same time as the Priest. (to clarify: The Priest says “This is the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world…” Then they all put the Hosts in their mouths at the same time, the Priest too!! Is this concelebrating? If so, what is a good way to approach the Priest??
Thank You and God Bless!!


#2

Church document:

ON CERTAIN QUESTIONS REGARDING
THE COLLABORATION OF THE NON-ORDAINED
FAITHFUL IN THE SACRED MINISTRY OF PRIEST

Article 8

To avoid creating confusion, certain practices are to be avoided and eliminated where such have emerged in particular Churches:

— extraordinary ministers receiving Holy Communion apart from the other faithful as though concelebrants;
— association with the renewal of promises made by priests at the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday, as well as other categories of faithful who renew religious vows or receive a mandate as extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion;
— the habitual use of extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion at Mass thus arbitrarily extending the concept of “a great number of the faithful”.
cin.org/users/james/files/instruction_on_collaboration.htm

And, “In some places extraordinary ministers have been encouraged to gather around the altar before the distribution of Communion and even to receive Communion before the priest does. To prevent this, the new GIRM provides that “these ministers should not approach the altar before the priest has received Communion, and they are always to receive from the hands of the priest celebrant the vessel containing either species of the Most Holy Eucharist for distribution to the faithful” (162).”
catholic.com/library/liturgy/cag_changes.asp

Concerning how to approach your priest , I recommend the following:

Article:
How to Address a Liturgical Abuse:
adoremus.org/1295Bruno.html

Liturgical Abuses:
catholic.com/library/liturgical_abuses.asp

Book: Mass Confusion by Jimmy Akin
(Note: contains a chapter on how to know when a liturgical abuse has occured, and what to do if it has)
shop.catholic.com/cgi-local/SoftCart.exe/online-store/scstore/p-CB253.html?E+scstore


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