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Is it acceptable for the priest to remain seated while a layman distributes Communion?

Full Question

In Mass today the priest remained seated while a layman distributed Communion. Is this allowed?


This is allowed only when necessary. Redemptionis Sacramentum explains:

The extraordinary minister of Holy Communion may administer Communion only when the priest and deacon are lacking, when the priest is prevented by weakness or advanced age or some other genuine reason, or when the number of faithful coming to Communion is so great that the very celebration of Mass would be unduly prolonged. (RS 158)

In the absence of true necessity, this practice is expressly prohibited (RS 157).



  1. Rowena P. Castil Reply


  2. Scott Rogge Reply

    This is a outer Irene if mine, I cannot stand it to see an ordinary minister if the Eucharist, the priest our deacon, sit down for no apparent reason to allow an “extraordinary minister” distribute communion.

    What is considered unduly prolonged? Is it the five minutes we wait while the army if very ordinary extraordinary ministers process to the altar?

  3. Rosa Lopes (@amensageira22) Reply

    In no way is the the minister of the Eucharist allowed to give communion in fact our Lord forbids it .For only the hands of a priest is consecrated and therefore clean enough to pick up the Host and distribute it to the faithful .Another issue it is Holy Communion on the hand .let therefore be known that it is a great sin to receive the Holy Communion on the hand as our hands are not clean and at the same time very dangerous to do so for even if a tiny piece breaks from the Host and falls on the floor : The Lord will be step on by everyone .So before accepting the Holy Host on the hand thing about the sin that you are committing and the consequences .You all must stay clear of the FRANCIS effect!

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