[From the looney liberal liturgical weblog: A priestless Mass – at least for the recessional. One tongue-in-cheek comment (since deleted) suggests that the priest leave after his own Communion and let the eucharistic ministers “finish up,” although it might set a bad example for congregants to leave after their Communion and thus leaving the acolytes to process without a priest through an empty or almost empty church. I think he should leave after the Consecration, take his Communion “on the run,” and leave his vestments on so he’ll save time by not having to take them off at one parish and putting on a different set at the other.]
MAR 6 ‘
Posted by Editor in Pastoral Theology
Non Solum series: Pray Tell is passionately interested in interested in questions of worship in increasingly secularized societies, and constructive responses to challenging issues around the decline of organized religion. A key aspect of that for Roman Catholics is the clergy shortage. This week’s question from a Pray Tell reader addresses is an example of the new questions now arising.
As the number of priests in our diocese continues to shrink, there are times when the priest leaves through the sacristy after the final blessing and dismissal but before the last song, in order to get to a neighboring parish to celebrate Sunday Mass there.
On such occasions, the acolytes usually do a procession by themselves – cross and candles. What sort of instruction might be given concerning this practice?