Need some help in finding citation sources and confirmation from those more knowledgable. I went to another parish a couple weeks ago and saw multiple abuses in the liturgy and need to write a letter to the Bishop about it so it can get corrected.
I would great appreciate help in references to the GIRM or other Church document so I can fully cite my letter. (or if I’m wrong and some aren’t abuses, I want to make sure I correct it before sending).
Here are the abuses I saw:
As the Communion procession was ending, the Blood being distributed by EMHC were brought to the “prep” area (where all the instruments/tools used in Communion are stationed before Mass) and the Blood was poured into one chalice and then left there. It remained there until after the Mass was completed, and a group of parishioners, including several of the EMHC, gathered in a prayer circle. They then proceeded to pass around the chalice and they drank until it was completely gone and then the chalice was taken to be cleaned. I was simply stunned and waited to make sure that the Blood was properly disposed of and witnessed this. I know this is an egregious liturgical abuse since Christ is not being properly reposed of. Where in the GIRM does it address this?
EMHC were grabbing the chalices and ciboriums from the altar after they had been given Communion.
The gifts were brought up to the altar by the gift bearers who lifted them up (maybe said a quiet prayer, couldn’t tell), and then put them on the altar. After this had been done the priest then came up to the altar and the gifts. He did not receive them from the gift-bearers.
There were other problems I had with the Mass, especially the irreverence and the dress of the readers, altar servers, and EMHC. But I don’t think these are abuses like the above items.
If anyone can help with giving some reference to the appropriate parts of the GIRM or other documents, I would greatly appreciate it.