The Armchair Liturgist Wonders About Hosts Misplaced

I received a report from a friend who is a daily Mass sacristan at her parish. She asked me what I would do, but I’d like to turn it over to you–anyone who would dare to sit in the purple chair.

She found a zip-top bag of hosts (how the sisters ship them to her parish, and to mine) in a sacristy drawer with pyxes reserved for hospital and home visits. I told her that if they were still in plastic, they probably weren’t consecrated, just misplaced. And veteran Communion ministers serving the sick surely know to get their hosts at Mass or from the tabernacle, right?

But this sort of thing can sow a sliver of doubt, can’t it? What would you do, if this were your parish and you had to sit in the liturgist’s armchair? Major remedial work? A few circumspect and well-placed reminders?

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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