[quote="ClarkJaman, post:1, topic:183768"]
So theres this bazilian priest at my college who celebrates mass quite often, and hes kind of a quirky guy. He changes a lot of things up in the liturgy, mostly just small things, which I find to be helpful to better connect with whats going on. However, there is one thing that he does that has me really nervous.
Right after the lamb of God is recited (Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, grant us peace...)
1) the priest usually holds up the body and blood, and says "this is the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, happy are we who are called to his supper."
2)Next, the congregation replies with "Lord I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed."
3)The priest then consumes the body and blood, and then administers the precious body and blood to the extrodinary ministers, and then they proceed to administer communion to the assembly.
OK. So this priest at my college- Instead of performing step 1 himself, he gets a friend of his- a female layperson- to do it, while he stands with the congregation in the pews. The layperson then downs the chalice of the precious blood and serves communion the the other ministers and proceeds to serve it to the congregation.
I think theres a requirement that the priest saying the mass must consume the body AND the blood, isnt there? What should I do about this?
This is in direct violation of the liturgical norms. For example, in Ecclesia de Mysterio, the document notes that:
- To promote the proper identity (of various roles) in this area, those abuses which are contrary to the provisions of canon 907 are to be eradicated. In eucharistic celebrations deacons and non-ordained members of the faithful may not pronounce prayers -- e.g. especially the eucharistic prayer, with its concluding doxology -- or any other parts of the liturgy reserved to the celebrant priest. Neither may deacons or non-ordained members of the faithful use gestures or actions which are proper to the same priest celebrant. It is a grave abuse for any member of the non-ordained faithful to "quasi preside" at the Mass while leaving only that minimal participation to the priest which is necessary to secure validity.
Redemptionis Sacramentum states the following:
[73.] In the celebration of Holy Mass the breaking of the Eucharistic Bread - done only by the Priest celebrant, if necessary with the help of a Deacon or of a concelebrant - begins after the exchange of peace, while the Agnus Dei is being recited. **For the gesture of breaking bread "carried out by Christ at the Last Supper, which in apostolic times gave the whole Eucharistic action its name, signifies that the faithful, though they are many, are made one Body in the communion of the one Bread of Life who is Christ, who died and rose for the world's salvation" (cf. I Cor 10:17).153 For this reason the rite must be carried out with great reverence.154 Even so, it should be brief. The abuse that has prevailed in some places, by which this rite is unnecessarily prolonged and given undue emphasis, **with laypersons also helping in contradiction to the norms, should be corrected with all haste.155
Regarding the manner of distribution of Holy Communion:
[157.] If there is usually present a sufficient number of sacred ministers for the distribution of Holy Communion, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion may not be appointed. Indeed, in such circumstances, those who may have already been appointed to this ministry should not exercise it. The practice of those Priests is reprobated who, even though present at the celebration, abstain from distributing Communion and hand this function over to laypersons.258
[158.] Indeed, the extraordinary minister of Holy Communion may administer Communion only when the Priest and Deacon are lacking, when the Priest is prevented by weakness or advanced age or some other genuine reason, or when the number of faithful coming to Communion is so great that the very celebration of Mass would be unduly prolonged.259 This, however, is to be understood in such a way that a brief prolongation, considering the circumstances and culture of the place, is not at all a sufficient reason.
Your bishop needs to know about this as soon as possible. This is a serious infraction that needs to be addressed quickly. What the priest was wrong.