I have to admit this comes close to the unique hosts-in-a-baggie solution once devised by one of my fellow Kansas Citians. From Zenit’s weekly liturgy column comes the question:
How far from the altar can the celebrant be for the consecration and how many altars can he preside over at once? The situation I witnessed was in a large conference hall where bread and wine were prepared at each table where eight people sat around and the priest was at another table at the end of the hall. I question the validity of consecration at any of the tables except where the priest was. If this is valid, then what is to keep a missionary or bishop from consecrating all the elements on all the altars at a given time across his parish or diocese? Some say valid location is based on intention, so you could have a very broad intention, yes? — D.H., Salem, Missouri
Uh oh. The questioner is from my state.
It wouldn’t happen at a liturgy conference, that’s for sure. Go here to read the answer, as well as a primer on the pronunciation of “Amen.”