From a reader…
Our priest always reverses the order of the peace and the fraction.
Specifically, he observes the following order:
- Our Father, embolism, doxology.
- Prayer for the peace of Christ.
- Fraction and commingling.
- Exchange of peace.
- Agnus Dei.
As you can see, #3 and #4 are reversed.
He says it’s because “peace comes from Jesus’s broken body” or something like that. Is this an abuse worth taking up with the bishop, or should I just mind my own business?
“Just mind your own business….”…?!? No! This is YOUR business!
Sacred worship is your business. Our sacred liturgical worship is not the property of the priest, who can do whatever the hell he wants.
The fact that you wrote, “He says it’s because…” suggests that you have spoken with him or he has publicly explained himself.
If you have not communicated with him personally, I urge you to do so. Drop him a note and, if he doesn’t answer, approach him. Of course, use common sense and be kind and respectful.
At the same time, you should discreetly get a few instances of what he does via the video camera setting on your smart phone (assuming you have one).
The paper trail and the video are what might be called “proofs” in the case that this needs to go to another level. It isn’t enough simply to say that Father X is doing Y. You need to show that he is really doing it.
The next step, if the priest continues to commit this clear abuse, is to go to the bishop (I am assuming that this is the pastor of the parish). And/or you can go to the Congregation for Divine Worship in Rome. If there is no bishop right now, write to the Congregation directly.
I have tips for writing to bishops and to Rome, HERE.
I said at the top that this is YOUR business. The Church thinks so too.
The document Redemptionis Sacramentum clarifies your role.
6. Complaints Regarding Abuses in Liturgical Matters
[183.] In an altogether particular manner, let everyone do all that is in their power to ensure that the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist will be protected from any and every irreverence or distortion and that all abuses be thoroughly corrected. This is a most serious duty incumbent upon each and every one, and all are bound to carry it out without any favouritism.
[184.] Any Catholic, whether Priest or Deacon or lay member of Christ’s faithful, has the right to lodge a complaint regarding a liturgical abuse to the diocesan Bishop or the competent Ordinary equivalent to him in law, or to the Apostolic See on account of the primacy of the Roman Pontiff. It is fitting, however, insofar as possible, that the report or complaint be submitted first to the diocesan Bishop. This is naturally to be done in truth and charity.
The last paragraph clarifies that the faithful have recourse directly to the Holy See at any time in the process. However, they urge that the problems be dealt with at the lowest level possible before seeking help from a higher authority. Hence, if you do not get satisfaction from the priest directly, after collecting written and video proofs you should try the local bishop and then the Congregation.
Again, friend, this is your business.