A creative priest celebrates a Drive-In EF Mass during the Pandemic allowing the Faithful to be actually present and to share in the Church’s patrimony of “actual participation” during Mass.
In the EF Mass, it is only required that the priest complete the Sacrifice by consuming the Holocaust for the validity of the Mass. The Laity may share in the Sacrificial Banquet if they are in a state of grace, but they are not required to do so. Thus if Hosts run out, no problem or if there is a pandemic and Hosts can’t be distributed because of spreading a pandemic, no problem.
It is not necessary either for lay lectors or Communion Ministers. The priest can take these roles and, you know what, no problem.
There is no need to speak or sing and thus aerosolize the air with pandemic viruses. And most of the EF Mass is in low voice, so no problem if most of the Mass can’t be heard.
There is no presentation of the offerings, so no problem with contaminating the sacred vessels with COVID-19. And of course the priest faces the same direction as the congregation for 99% of the Mass, so no problem with his aerosolized speech spreading COVID-19 to those around him.
And of course there is no sign of peace shared in any physical way whatsoever by the congregation. This is the healthiest Mass possible compared to a typical OF Mass.
The EF Mass is perfect for actual participation by actually being present, even if in one’s car during a virus Pandemic spread by aerosolized speech, singing and touching.
I had the very same missal shown in these photos beginning in the late 1950’s! It helped with actual participation: