[quote="jimrob, post:7, topic:336444"]
In any particular Church, the Blessed Sacrament should be reserved in only one place. There can be multiple tabernacles, but only one should be used to reserve the Blessed Sacrament. If Mass takes place in more than one location within a complex of buildings, each can have its own place for reserving the Blessed Sacrament. So if the Blessed sacrament reserved in the chapel is actually consecrated at a Mass in the chapel, the church is complying with proper practice. If Mass is only said at the main altar, but the Blessed Sacrament is reserved in more than one place, this is an abuse - but probably not serious enough to involve the heavy squad from the Sacred Congregation.
It is standard practice for EMHCs to enter the sanctuary just before the Agnus Dei, although they should attend reverently and not stand around.
All the churches in my area have the ambo on the left and the tabernacle on the right, from the point of view of the congregation. There are rules concerning the ordering of churches, but I don't know if this is one of them.
Thanks for the reply. The Eucharist is not consecrated in the chapel. It's too small for Mass and is reserved for prayer and confession (this is soley because we are in a small building and there is no where else for confessions). The Eucharist is consecrated in the main sanctuary and brought to the tabernacle. Now that we added a second, I don't know if we will be bringing the Eucharist out to the tabernacle anymore. I do know that they intend on keeping consecrated hosts inside it. This is for devotional purposes.
About the ambo: that's how my parish used to have it. Now it has been moved so that it's behind the right edge of the alter. It is not directly behind it, but it is close.
One last question about EMHCs: are the ones with the chalice permitted to drink what's left after communion, or is doing that reserved for the priest?