Apologies if this topic has been already covered. I attended a mass today in a different parish to my local. It turned out that the priest was not available and the parishioners were conducting the service themselves, something they do regularly I discovered. My question. Is there a set format for this type of service? We all recited the "I confess", the liturgy of the word was read, a lady read the gospel, and read a brief homily. Another lady whilst holding the eucharist, and standing at the alter, read the prayer "this is the lamb of God.... happy are we who are called to his supper." This is the first time I have attended this kind of service and with all the abuses of liturgy was a little curious. Thanks in advance for all your replies.