May I ask what some of this means?With regard to when EMs are used: if there is only one priest, and a reasonable number of communicants, does an EM need
to be used?
I have read that at times when numbers of communicants decline, EMs are unwilling to "give up" their "position." I used to vacation at a place where, truly, the number of communicants would require help (hundreds, not tens), but on the off-season, there were still a lot of EMs. Should they have had them only
when there were a lot of people, and if not enough people showed up (storm or the like), the priest could have told them they wouldn't be needed?
It occurred to me one day that it is a lot faster to distribute the Eucharist at a communion rail than it is in a line—remember that "study" someone did of the particles of the Host? Is there any study about the relative speeds of the two ways of distributing? (And how did
we start receiving in a line, anyhow?)
Does this mean that the EMs are not
supposed to go up behind the altar to receive? (!!!!)
Thanks very much!
And a happy new year to you all, too