By sanctuary I mean the area around the altar with stairs marking the edges of the sanctuary.
I went to a Mass in a different parish today, and the Mass was almost wonderful … except one thing.
During the “Lord’s prayer”, the priest asked the children to come around the altar. So herds of children rushed around it, and some parents carrying their children gathered there as well.
I understand how people want children to understand how being close the God Jesus is like, but “they are doing it wrong.” Personally, It created a massive distraction and became obstacles for the laity, as now it is so crowded that we could not see the chalice (and such). I also thought that the bread and wine there was then became the body and blood of Christ, and by having children over the altar would be very dangerous as the host would be prone to damage (desacration is what you might call it).
Is there a canon law or Novus Ordo rule or GIRM instruction that specifies only the ordained and lay ministers (Altar servers, Acolytes) can (and should) stay in the sanctuary area during the Mass, and that only lectors, and EMs can be in the sanctuary area when performing actions (doing the reading, recieving the hosts for distribution, etc.)?