|Do we really need all these "extraordinary" ministers?|
Aside from an occasional crying infant the Church is quiet. One can actually adore Our Lord in union with the community all of us silently worshiping together. In a world desperately in need of silence, that is a real gift! And come to think of it, I don't think I've ever heard a cell phone ring at the Latin Mass. Hmmm.... Are people more aware of what they are doing, perhaps?
Today, however I was particularly struck by the fact that the celebrant communicated several hundred people without a horde of helpers hovering around the altar. Sometimes the parish deacon is there to help distribute, but "extraordinary" ministers, who have become all too ordinary at Novus Ordo celebrations, are NEVER part of the Trindentine Mass. Thank God! I don't have to wonder which side of the church to sit on to receive from the priest.
Father had a large ciborium so filled with hosts that it was rounded at the center. He distributed them all and went back to the altar to get the other vessel holding additional hosts. And, despite the hundreds of communicants, every person receiving from a single priest, the Mass was still only one hour and five minutes including the prayers after Mass and the final hymn.
Now, tell me. Do we really need all those "extraordinary" ministers? I think the answer is obvious. NO! Let me repeat it: HECK NO! Help bolster the laity's belief in the Real Presence by having them receive Our Lord from the consecrated hands of a priest or deacon -- not the laity!
Jesus Christ, our High Priest and Eucharistic Lord, have mercy on us.