From a reader…
Can a lay person who is commissioned as an EMHC distribute Holy Communion to communicants kneeling at a Communion rail under the Novus Ordo?
Allow me to remind the readership of the 1997 document which ought to frame every questions concerning “Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion”. Everyone involved in that activity should review the Congregation for the Clergy’s “ON CERTAIN QUESTIONS REGARDING THE COLLABORATION OF THE NON-ORDAINED FAITHFUL IN THE SACRED MINISTRY OF PRIEST” [HERE]. This authoritative document says that “the habitual use of extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion at Mass thus arbitrarily extending the concept of ‘a great number of the faithful’” is “to be avoided and eliminated.”
In the rubrics (i.e., the “law”) the determination of the usefulness of EMHC’s is left to the priest to decide. That said, the local bishop could issue a law restricting or delimiting their use.
Is it wrong to use EMHC’s at a daily Mass with 10 people, or a Sunday Mass with 150? Yes.
Is it against the law? No.
To the question. EMHC’s are allowed by law. Kneeling is an acceptable way to receive, arguably the best way. Nothing in the law says that the “conga line” method is how Communion must be distributed. Nothing in the law say that the ENHC has to stand in one place. I surmise that an EMHC could move along a Communion rail. However, it is one thing for a priest to do this, who has years of experience, and an EMHC who might do this only occasionally. I would say that, if it is determined that EMHC’s will used, they would need specific instructions and close oversight.
Again, it seems to me that most of the situations in which EMHC’s are employed don’t really call for EMHC’s.
Meanwhile here is an EMHC at a “Communion rail” at a Pope Francis mega-Mass.