Sunday evening, Marian and I walked to a 7:30 Mass at a nearby church in Madrid, only to find that they were just taking the collection. We had missed the opening prayers, the readings and gospel, and the homily.
Given that we had tried to attend Mass at the cathedral in Ávila at 9:30 am, only to find the cathedral closed (!), and that this was likely to be our last Sunday Mass possibility in a city we didn't know well, we stayed.
Is it right to receive communion under these circumstances? Who can tell me what the Church says about this?
By the way, I'm convinced that the Mass was moved up because of the Eurocup game on TV. But Marian tells me that the priest explained the schedule and it had nothing to do with football or the European championships. Yeah, sure.