"I hope it doesn't happen again for a long time."
That was the final remark of this event.
Well, it seems "a long time" is just over seven years.
Yesterday, it happened again.
This time it was at the other parish where I apply my musical skills. I had just arrived (having cantored at my home parish) just as the "Gloria" was being sung. After the Opening Prayer had been recited, we waited for the Lector to proceed to the ambo. The only problem was that there was no Lector.
The situation was eerily similar to what had happened back in 2010. The solution was the same, however. After looking around, I made eye contact with the deacon (as there was a visiting priest celebrating the Mass) and tapped my hand on my chest while mouthing, "I'll do it." Once I got to the ambo, everything proceeded as usual (only this time I just had the readings to proclaim).
My only concern was that of being presumptuous. Since I am not a member of that parish, I would have preferred someone else stepping forward. But there had been enough of an awkward time lapse. I just did the right thing.
Shall I prepare for this sometime in 2024?