Just for fun, I’m writing a novel. I’m working on a scene partially set at Mass, c. 1970. (I’m introducing the main characters, and his religious convictions.)
I want to convey the idea that the priest celebrant receives communion first, before he distributes it to others. Here’s what I have:
"…At the end of the consecratory prayer, the priest celebrant was the first to receive the Eucharist. He then walked over to the youngest altar boys kneeling shoulder-to-shoulder at the communion rail. They were trying to be reverent and not to fidget.
Father Gaines presented the Eucharist before each of them, holding it high in front of his face.
“The Body of Christ,” he stated, and each of them responded, “Amen.”
The acolytes raised their chins, and the priest placed the Host on each of their tongues. It looked like he was feeding baby birds, all lined up in their nest…" (copyright 2014 asserted by Arthur Laurent)
Any suggestions, corrections? Am I using the correct terms? Thanks for any help.