WE have a vibrant youth ministry at my Parish and I belong to the leadership of the co-ed High School group. Once a week we gather for an hour of Adoration in our chapel. The teens usually pack it out…which is great!
So our attendance is quite heavy at times with the exception of a priest. He comes and goes and doesn’t always attend as schedule due to circumstances beyond his control. This leads to a kind of non-adoration bible study, or prayer time. Which leads to less Youth making the trip if it happens too much. But again when it is going to be adoration the youth will sacrifice more to be there.
It has been mentioned to me that as a Sacristan I can fill in for the priest. I may open the tabernacle and place the Body of Jesus into a monstrance for adoration. Of course no benediction. And at the end of the holy hour I may retrieve the Body and place it back into the tabernacle.
I have not spoken with my parish priest yet, but I feel uncomfortable enough checking the tabernacle before Mass to help guide my setting up for the sacrifice. But I feel this is a little too far. What is the protocol, am I actually aloud to do this?
I will do what is asked of me but just don’t want to be guided by the “spirit” of Vatican II.