[quote=mkw]A bit off topic, but kinda keeping with the theme. We had a communion service yesterday, Deacon present, but the EMHC read the Gospel-gave a reflection-gave out communion :eek:
I am a convert of less then a year, so I asked a “cradle” if this was normal. He said that it was NOT normal but that I should just get used to such things happening, alot of wrongs take place and I would drive myself crazy if I worried about any of them.
This is very confusing to a recent convert, we learn one thing but are shown another. What are WE to believe?!
I can’t find the official documentation on this but based on my knowledge of the regulations this is one of those things that might not violate the letter of the law but it violates the intent of the law.
A lay person is allowed to read the Gospel and give a reflection at a communion service. This is assuming that a Priest or Deacon can not be present.
If a Deacon is present, they should be the one reading the Gospel and giving a homily. Just like in a medical situation where you defer to the person that has the better training, person is supposed to defer to the person with higher level of Orders.
Just because something is going wrong and is being accepted in a church doesn’t make it right. Everyone has the right to a properly conducted Mass.