Two Sunday’s ago, I needed to attend Mass Sunday evening and the local University which is close to me was not in session, so they did not have their usual 9PM mass.
So, I attended for the first time a Parish which has an 8PM mass. I was pleasantly surprised to see that use the Altar Rail for communion, even for the Ordinary Form.
The Acolyte was dressed in an Alb and both the Acolyte and the Priest provided communion (the Acolyte handled one side the aisle and the priest the other-side.
Communion was fast and equally fast as the communion line. The Priest and Acolyte just worked back and forth, two lines.
I’ve also been to an EF mass were 4 priests were used to keep communion moving.
So if Acolytes can serve as ministers of Holy Communion at OF Masses using an Altar Rail, what prompted the idea to which to the Communion Line? What was behind that push and how did it become so widespread in the West?