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I attended Mass celebrated by a woman, is this valid?

Question:

I attended Mass celebrated by a woman, is this valid?

Answer:

If you are referring to an actual Mass, it is important to note that only an ordained priest is able to perform this sacrament. However, if you are referring to a communion service, laypeople, including laywomen, are allowed to lead such services in the absence of a priest. It is important to clarify that the Eucharist is not consecrated during a communion service, as this is a task that only a priest can perform.

If you have witnessed a woman attempting to consecrate the bread and wine during a communion service, it is important to take action. You can contact the bishop of the church’s diocese and report what you have witnessed.

It is worth noting that there is a significant difference between Masses and Communion services. On Holy Thursday and Good Friday, for example, no Masses are offered. Instead, the priest consecrates double the usual amount of hosts on Holy Thursday, and the extras are reserved for the Communion service on Good Friday. This highlights the fact that the Eucharist distributed during a Communion service is not consecrated at that particular service, but rather at another Mass beforehand.

In summary, it is crucial to understand the distinction between a Mass and a communion service, as only an ordained priest can consecrate the Eucharist. If you witness an attempt to consecrate the bread and wine during a communion service, it is important to report it to the bishop of the church’s diocese.

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