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Other teen Mass aberrations QUESTION from Bill Goble September 20, 1999
At the Mass at which our Life Teen group attends, the priest comes down into the congregation (down the middle aisle) for the Gospel and all the congregation gathers around him and they put arms around each other and the priest while he reads the gospel. Just another bizarre practice that takes place in our parish/diocese. Is this permitted or allowed in any liturgical document that you know of? ANSWER by Mr. John Miskell on September 20, 1999
Dear Bill, Oh boy, I got goose bumps over that one -- how wonderfully touchy-feely! (in my most sarcastic tone) The liturgical documents indicate that the readings and homily will be done from the pulpit, with an exception for a bishop in which case he may preach from his chair. He shouldn't be out in the aisle. As far as the representation of the Druids at Stone Hedge goes (surrounding the priest in a circle), the documents clearly state that none other than the celebrant, concelebrant(s) and altar ministers / servers are to be in the Sanctuary. In Christ, John Miskell Back to Index Page

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