RPP, please ignore my first PM. I goofed.
OK, just so this isn’t a private thread, I’ll piggyback my question on this thread.
When I went to a Confirmation recently, I noticed that the people scrambled to recieve Communion from the Bishop. His line was much longer than the other people’s lines, including the pastor’s. I’ve noticed this at weekly Mass, too, when some people scramble to recieve communion from one of the 2 priests instead of the lay people.
I wonder if these people think that the Eucharist is only valid if they recieve if from an ordained person, or if they think it’s only sort of valid from a lay person.
It just so happened that I was in the bishop’s line (he was on the same side of the center aisle as I was), but it wouldn’t have mattered to me if I were in one of the layperson’s line.
What is your opinion? Would you rather recieve Communion from a bishop, priest, or deacon than a lay person. If given a choice, would you choose to recieve from a bishop over a priest, a priest over a deacon, a deacon over a lay person–kind of like ranking?