We had one today at our very traditional parish (Mass is said Ad Orientem as an example.) The visiting priest told us he was retired, and was volunteering for an Catholic charity out of Boca Raton, Florida. As part of the homily, he preached that during the Eucharistic sacrifice, we ourselves are the bread and wine and we are transubstantiated ??!!! WHAT! ! Somebody help me with this please - the deacon was sitting in his chair and I thought he was going to have a stroke.
Next, during the homily, the priest left the sanctuary, went up into the choir loft and sang a song as he accompanied himself on the piano. As his voice reverberated through the speakers of our small church, I wanted to get up and leave, and I probably should have done so at that point. Everyone sat there in stunned silence and looked at each other, like what in the world is going on here?
Predictably, he did not follow the rubrics during the Eucharistic prayer. His ad libbing was so off the mark that the altar boy couldn’t tell when to ring the bells and the people couldn’t tell when to respond to the prayers. He informed us prior to distributing Holy Communion that he had a medical condition which precluded him from distributing on the tongue. Many people jumped the line to receive from the EMHC to receive on the tongue instead of receiving in the hand. Some people chose to not receive at all.
I’m wondering 2 things: 1. Was this a valid Mass? 2. How do visiting priests get assignments - is it through the parish priest or the diocese?
Thanks for any help anyone can offer me.