Can people please stay on topic. The argument about music during and after communion is an interesting one, but irrelevant to the question posted by the original poster. Take that to it’s own thread.
Can you please come back to this thread and review the posts, and answer the important questions that have been raised so we can know more about the situation.
- Where do the hosts that the choir director brings to the Choir Loft come from? is it the sacristy or the Tabernacle?
- Does he carry them in a proper Pix (a secure, safe purpose built container, with a pure gold lining on the inside. Normally gold on the outside as well) Or a Ciborium (the bigger vessel used during mass that holds lots of hosts. again made of metal and gold plated on the inside, again with a tight fitting Lid)?
- Does he treat them with the utmost respect and deference at all times?
If the answers to the above is “Yes” then you are almost certainly receiving properly consecrated hosts which were consecrated at a previous mass.
If the answer to no1 is that he takes them from the sacristy, then they are not the Eucharist. they are pieces of wafer. The Species of the Eucharist must be on the Altar to be consecrated.
(I have see a Sacristan put unconsecrated hosts into a Ciborium, and place that into the Tabernacle. The priest then took the Ciborium out of the tabernacle during Communion when he ran out of the Hosts consecrated at the Altar during Mass… This kind of Abuse can happen but it should be extremely rare.)
The Answer to Question 3 may be an appropriate indicator.
The Rules for an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (EMHC) bringing Holy Communion to those who cannot attend mass, are that they must go directly from the Church to the person(s) they are visiting, without stopping or attending to any other business while carrying the Precious Body and Blood of Our Lord.
The same applies to Priests of Deacons who take the Eucharist from the Tabernacle for similar reasons. Removing the Eucharist form the tabernacle is the start of an uninterrupted process.
Doing this before going into the Choir Loft to direct the singing does not invalidate the Eucharist, but it is not treating it with the respect and procedures laid down. It does not seem to be in keeping with the spirit of the law to my mind.
I have been in many parishes and many choirs. I have seen 3 main ways for communion to be distributed to the Choir:
- It is more normal for one EMHC or Minister of the Eucharist to be designated to go straight to the Choir Loft,
- or for the Choir to come to the Altar while a soloist chants a song.
- or for the Choir to receive Last, after the Hymn or Chant during Communion, and before the optional) Hymn after communion
On a point of Order:
A lay person who has been appointed to distribute Holy Communion to the Faithfull during Mass or to bring Holy Communion to those unable to get to the Chapel, is called only by their proper Title: Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion.
This reflects that their ministry is extra-ordinary (out of the ordinary) their presence exists only because there are not enough Ordinary (ordained) ministers.
A duly instituted Acolyte is automatically an EMHC, others are appointed under the authority of the Local Ordinary (Bishop).
The Deacon is the “Ordinary Minister of Holy Communion”, and in particular he is the Minister of the Precious Blood where Communion is being distributed under both species.
They are not “Ministers of the Eucharist” - Even a Deacon is not to be given this title. Only a Presbyter holds that title (Priests and Bishops). A “Minister of the Eucharist” is one who can “Confect the Eucharist”: i.e. say mass.
Please see Redemptionis Sacramentum
The above is my paraphrase of paras 154-160 of the above document from the Vatican.