My apologies, but I am a new Catholic, so I don’t know all the proper terms. Once a month my parish has Eucharistic Adoration. So today I went to the morning Mass before the priest puts the Host in the Monstrance and stayed for Adoration afterwards. (About 40 minutes.) I kept thinking about food and I decided to leave and go have breakfast. Several of the regular attenders of Daily Mass were there.
I returned about two hours later and the chapel with the Monstrance was empty, let’s say only Jesus was there. I was shocked because I assumed that it wasn’t okay to leave the Monstrance with the Host in it alone. I was alone for over a half hour before a family came in. I stayed until a second parishioner came in.
So my question, is it okay to leave a Monstrance with the Host inside of it alone in an unlocked chapel? This is a suburban type parish not an inner city one. Am I being silly? I am not exactly the priest’s favorite parishioner so I would be very reluctant to mention it to him. In other words I want to be very sure I have a legitimate concern.