Q: I am looking for some clarification regarding the Rite of Distribution of Communion in the absence of a priest or deacon. I am a member of a religious community. On some winter days, the roads are so bad that the priest cannot travel even 2 short miles to celebrate Mass for us. On those occasions, is it proper for the sister who leads the service to give a homily or reflection?
I was looking online for the answer but it seems to be something that can only be done with permission of the local Ordinary. Is that correct? Thank you for your help in this matter.
A: A lay person may give a brief reflection on the reading or observe a period of silence in place of the homily. A homily by definition is preached only by a deacon or a priest.