I have a question, that hopefully will be answered by tonight. I am an instrumentalist at our church, who plays with our choir frequently at Mass. I haven’t been playing during Advent, because it is my understanding that the music is to be more simple. Anyway, I will be playing tonight for Christmas Eve Mass, along with several other instrumentalists, and the children’s choir. Here is my problem:
- At our parish, the EMHCs get to the front of communion line before the priest, for some reason. We musicians are always at the front of the line on one side. It seems to me that it is just a basic mark of respect for the priest that we wait until he arrives at his place where he distributes.
- A young man instrumentalist feels that he should go ahead and go up to an EMHC as soon as they arrive, even if the priest is still making his way to the line. I’m not sure why the young man is in such a hurry.
- One time when I was at the front of line (in front of the young man), I waited for the priest. Not because I wanted to receive communion from the priest, just as a mark of respect for the priest. That time, the young man behind me told me to go up, and I whispered shouldn’t we wait for the priest? (it would be like all of 20 seconds). The young man just walked around me, and so did others at that point.
- Was it wrong for me to wait for the priest? Was it wrong for the other instrumentalists to “cut” me in line? It’s very awkward, I’m hoping to avoid this tonight if possible. I might just choose not to receive at this Mass, and receive at another Mass I will be playing at tonight.
Any thoughts? Am I being too harsh on these kids - - or should someone set them straight?