<<<<I don't know if they are regular churchgoers or not. I suppose the priest might have been a little perturbed. The family occupied the front 3 pews on either side. There were only about 5 other people there, including me, and we were all in the back. Even so, I couldn't hear anyone, other than myself, doing any of the responses -- you know "thanks be to god" the "Our Father" -- nothing. >>>>I think you have it about figured out. The priest was probably expecting the family to immediately stand up and get in line to receive.It sounds like they expected to receive or else they won't have had the priest return with the chalice and wafers. This is really strange sounding. The problem is that the relatives were probably upset and not thinking all that well--especially the immediate family. We had a service for my mom a few months ago and I remember how hard it was to sit on the very front. And this was in a parish where I spent much of my own life, although I attend another parish now. I was not doing a good job of following the liturgy myself. I think this just happened because there were few people other than the family there. With a larger congregation, there might have been more rustling of people standing up to go receive which would have alerted the family that it was time.Molly
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