I heard about an event happening during a youth retreat in my diocese just a few days ago. Upon hearing of it, i was ill at ease questioning the validity of what happened. I wish i knew enough to pinpoint if/why it was wrong, if anyone can help, i would be most appreciative.
The small group was in reflective prayer in a chapel. Present were several adults including a deacon. The deacon initiated a time of Eucharistic adoration, exposing the blessed sacrament on the altar in a monstrance. But the deacon had to leave shortly afterward. After a while of meditation and adoration, the group leader present led the small group in an activity. This consisted of her removing the blessed Eucharist from the monstrance and parting it, giving it to the youth. They each in part broke pieces and gave it to each other.
Can anyone help?
I know lay EMHC may expose the Eucharist in the monstrance if delegated this by the priest or deacon if they are unable to. But this seems as if those present took far far more liberties that were not or should not be permitted to them?