Communion service

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q:  Please look over the attached order of service and let me know if it would work for a layperson leading a communion service in a prison. Is this OK?

A:  I’ve looked at what you send me, and no, that’s not a good way to do a communion service. These points are going to sound picky, but here goes:

  • People are not supposed to answer “And with your spirit” to someone who is not a priest or deacon.
  • The Gloria, Sanctus and Agnus Dei do not happen at a service outside of mass.
  • It’s not a good idea to read the account of the Last Supper as if that replaces the eucharistic prayer.
  • The embolism after the Lord’s Prayer and the peace prayer belong to a priest.

It would be far better to use the liturgical books that were prepared for this circumstance.