A recent thread got me thinking, and feeling a bit disturbed :o
In my parish we have two celebrations on a Sunday, I attend both. The morning Mass has about 50-70 people in attendance, and the evening Mass around 25-50. Both times we have 5 EMsHC - 4 with the Precious Blood and one giving out the Body right next to our Priest. Surely - surely this is too many? Surely this is the epitome of abuse. Here are some other things that might be needed or considered:
Our Parish has 3 Priests. However, our Parish serves 3 Parishes (if that makes sense - a lack of Priests in the Diocese) so I guess con-celebration isn’t an option.
The EMsHC go up right to the altar and stand. I am not sure if this is allowed or how to describe. There are 3 levels - level 1 where the pews are, then a ‘step’ where the altar starts then another step where the altar table is. The EMsHC stand on the third level along with the priest.
They recieve communion seperate to the rest of the congregation, sometimes our Priest gives them the Body before he has it, and they eat it together (which I know is not allowed) and sometimes he has first (body and blood) then gives out to them, then we get.
Members of the congregation freely intinction themselves, going from the Body, walking over to the Blood and dipping in and leaving.
The EMHC who that day was giving out the body takes from our priest (who then sits down) the (I guess its called) Ciborium and kinda just tilts his Paten and moves the Body into the Ciborium and then places it in the tabernacle.
I spoke to the “captain” EMHC a few weeks ago informally, actually he brought it up, and he said he knows its an abuse but “oh well”.
What can I do? Surely having 5 EMsHC for only 25 or even maximum 75 people is just ridiculous? At our weekday Mass, we have around 5 people in attendance and even then we have an EMHC with the Precious Blood!