- July 4, 2004 at 4:48 pm #855
Ok, this related to: abuse of extraordinary ministers for Mass?[/url:2w93qyay]
Once again, I have been doing further reading in Redemptionis Sacramentum and I came across many things that my parish seems to be violating. Have you had any experiences like this?
[quote:2w93qyay]”Within the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy, the reading of the Gospel, which is “the high point of the Liturgy of the Word”, is reserved by the Church’s tradition to an ordained minister. [b:2w93qyay]Thus it is not permitted for a layperson, even a religious, to proclaim the Gospel reading in the celebration of Holy Mass, nor in other cases in which the norms do not explicitly permit it.[/b:2w93qyay][/quote:2w93qyay]
In my parish, the nun that works there has read the Gospel [b:2w93qyay]during a Mass[/b:2w93qyay]!
[quote:2w93qyay]The prohibition of the admission of laypersons to preach within the Mass applies also to seminarians, students of theological disciplines, and those who have assumed the function of those known as “pastoral assistants”; nor is there to be any exception for any other kind of layperson, or group, or community, or association.[/quote:2w93qyay]
My parish has a seminarian about every other year and he often gives homilies or is preaching (but then I wonder how they get practice).
[quote:2w93qyay]If the need arises for the gathered faithful to be given instruction or testimony by a layperson in a Church concerning the Christian life, it is altogether preferable that this be done outside Mass. Nevertheless, for serious reasons it is permissible that this type of instruction or testimony be given after the Priest has proclaimed the Prayer after Communion. This should not become a regular practice, however. Furthermore, these instructions and testimony should not be of such a nature that they could be confused with the homily, nor is it permissible to dispense with the homily on their account.[/quote:2w93qyay]
Every now and then people were used as a part of the homily to share their faith story (I was one of them).
[quote:2w93qyay]While the Priest proclaims the Eucharistic Prayer “there should be no other prayers or singing, and the organ or other musical instruments should be silent”, except for the people’s acclamations that have been duly approved, as described below.[/quote:2w93qyay]
There is a priest at my parish who does this every once in a while – he will sing the Eucharistic prayer (actually the whole liturgy of the Eucharist) while the piano plays softly. Aren’t there liturgies that are arranged like this though?
What I’d like to know is if my parish is breaking these rules or there are various exceptions, etc. that this document does not contain?[/b:2w93qyay]
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