Question About Sitting with Family/congregation After Blessing/Passing the Sacrament

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Question About Sitting with Family/congregation After Blessing/Passing the Sacrament

Postby elderliyinkan » Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:32 am

I am not a ward clerk, but an elders quorum president of a local ward in Hong Kong. The question I want to ask is can priesthood holders sit with their family/congregation after administrating the sacrament? Or if there is any church policy that requires them to be remained at the appointed seat?

Here's the situation: The ward that I belong to is lacking Aaronic priesthood holders, so basically all the priesthood holders who administrate the sacrament are either Elder or High Priest. And most of them have their own family (including young children).

Please let me know what's the latest church policy (with reference would be most appreciate) about that because I heard different opinions in the last PEC.

Thank you so much!!

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Re: Question About Sitting with Family/congregation After Blessing/Passing the Sacrament

Postby sbradshaw » Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:34 am

In all the wards I've been in (as far as I can remember), it's standard practice for the people passing the sacrament to sit with their families after the sacrament finishes. I don't think there's a policy one way or the other, though.
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Re: Question About Sitting with Family/congregation After Blessing/Passing the Sacrament

Postby lajackson » Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:49 am

elderliyinkan wrote:The question I want to ask is can priesthood holders sit with their family/congregation after administrating the sacrament? Or if there is any church policy that requires them to be remained at the appointed seat?

Handbook 2, 20.4.3 says that after the deacons or other priesthood holders have returned to the sacrament table after having passed the water to the congregation, they wait for the officiators to cover the trays, then reverently take their seats. The Handbook does not specify which seats.

I have lived in wards where those who officiated and passed the sacrament remained in place during the meeting. I have also lived in many wards where those who passed the sacrament returned to their families, and in other wards where those who officiated also sat with their families after the ordinance was completed.

I think the bishop, who normally presides and is responsible for the meeting, including reverence, may determine what is best for his ward. I also know that in wards where those who administered the sacrament remained in place, any father who was needed to help his family was expected to reverently leave and do so.

But I do not believe there is anything in writing, other than that they "reverently take their seats", that provides further direction.

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Re: Question About Sitting with Family/congregation After Blessing/Passing the Sacrament

Postby davesudweeks » Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:24 am

When we moved into our current location in 1999, it was practice in our Stake to have the Aaronic Priesthood "remain at their post" through the entire meeting. I was soon called on the high council and learned the reason why, which was a specific decision for a specific purpose by the then stake president for all the wards in his stake. Fast forward a couple of Stake Presidents and we now have the Aaronic Priesthood sit in place after the sacrament, then the conducting officer stands and invites them to go sit with their families before announcing the speakers. I have seen many wards where they just leave without being invited after the Sacrament cloth is in place.

I believe this is under the bishop's responsibility, perhaps consulting with the stake president if he feels the need.

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Re: Question About Sitting with Family/congregation After Blessing/Passing the Sacrament

Postby drepouille » Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:58 am

One visiting authority instructed our former stake presidency that the priesthood should be dismissed from their posts, but not thanked for their service, because it was their priesthood responsibility. Now that we have a new stake presidency, we no longer hear that counsel.
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Re: Question About Sitting with Family/congregation After Blessing/Passing the Sacrament

Postby elderliyinkan » Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:45 pm

drepouille wrote:One visiting authority instructed our former stake presidency that the priesthood should be dismissed from their posts, but not thanked for their service, because it was their priesthood responsibility. Now that we have a new stake presidency, we no longer hear that counsel.


When I was in the married ward in BYUH, I heard of the exact instruction.

And thanks for all your information!


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