Monday, September 25, 2006
The Armchair Liturgist: Communion ServicesOver at Amy's there's an amazingly calm and relatively short thread on Communion Services. This is the liturgy celebrated when a priest is not available. After readings and some of the prayers used during Mass, and under the leadership of a deacon or lay person, Communion is distributed from the tabernacle. Sometimes these services are scheduled regularly, say on the pastor's day off. Sometimes they come up as an emergency on a weekday or Sunday when the priest is sick or otherwise unavailable. Often they are done in nursing homes or other small community settings for the aged or the sick. Tell me your opinion of them: Do you have experience with them? Do you lead them? Do you like them? Would you do away with them? Tomorrow I'll tell you my thoughts on them.