Hey guys. During the Liturgy of The Eucharist, everyone is standing before the altar (about 20 feet away from it). During the Lord’s Prayer, the priest walks away from the altar and joins the congregation in saying it. Isn’t this a liturgical abuse, since the priest is to be standing behind the altar at all times?
Another question as well. For the weekday masses (above question pertains to sunday mass), we celebrate it in a side room (a valid place for the mass as well) which is small and only 5-8 people show up. What the priest does during the Eucharist is gives the plate holding the Lord's body to the first congregant. That congregant then takes a host and passes the plate along to the next person. The same is done for the Blood of Christ. I believe this to be an abuse as well.
Both are liturgical abuses, failing to follow the liturgical books.
There are no directions for the priest to move just before or during the Lord’s Prayer. There is a specific instructions restricting the priest from leaving the sanctuary for the Sign of Peace, which is just after the Lord’s Prayer. From 2002 General Introduction to the Roman Missal (GIRM) for the USA, which can be accessed from romanrite.com/girm.html :
“154. … The priest may give the sign of peace to the ministers but always remains within the sanctuary, so as not to disturb the celebration. In the dioceses of the United States of America, for a good reason, on special occasions (for example, in the case of a funeral, a wedding, or when civic leaders are present) the priest may offer the sign of peace to a few of the faithful near the sanctuary.”
Passing the plate (with Holy Communion on it) along is specifically prohibited in the 2004 Instruction Redemptionis Sacramentum:
"[94.] It is not licit for the faithful “to take . . . by themselves . . . and, still less, to hand . . . from one to another” the sacred host or the sacred chalice.
[Footnote 181: Missale Romanum, Institutio Generalis, n. 160.]
The footnote refers to the 2002 General Introduction to the Roman Missal (GIRM) :
“160. The priest then takes the paten or ciborium and goes to the communicants, who, as a rule, approach in a procession. The faithful are not permitted to take the consecrated bread or the sacred chalice by themselves and, still less, to hand them from one to another. …”.
If the priest were to claim that everyone is an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, then he would be violating 2002 GIRM n. 162:
“These ministers should not approach the altar before the priest has received Communion, and **they are always to receive from the hands of the priest celebrant the vessel **containing either species of the Most Holy Eucharist for distribution to the faithful.”
It would also be a violation of any reasonable understanding of how extraordinary ministers should be used, from the GIRM:
“162. The priest may be assisted in the distribution of Communion by other priests who happen to be present. If such priests are not present and there is a very large number of communicants, the priest may call upon extraordinary ministers to assist him.”