I went to a funeral today and the strangest thing happened. After the priest consecrated the host(s), he came off the altar and stood by the coffin with the chalice containing the hosts. He was holding one host up, and I thought he was muttering under his breath (but I was kind of far away). He stood there for a minute or two, and then he turned around, went back up the steps and put the chalice and hosts back in the tabernacle. He proceeded to finish mass, and give the final blessing to the deceased. At which point, one of her sons said something to him, and then they exchanged words for a moment. The priest then said to the congregation "I'm sorry if there was a misunderstanding about communion. The priest offers himself to those who present themselves to receive. He does not invite the congregation to take communion." He said it a couple of times, but was finally prevailed upon to go back to the tabernacle, get the chalice and hosts and give communion.I don't go to Mass every week (my bad), but I probably go every 4 - 6 weeks, and I don't think I've ever seen such a thing. We always have ushers who kind of direct you that it's your turn. I don't remember learning this in Catholic school, but that was a looooooooooooong time ago. Is this familiar to anyone else?
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