Flag leading procession
Yesterday was Australia Day. The Australian flag was carried in at the beginning of the 11.00 am Mass at the Cathedral in Melbourne.
The man with the flag (wearing a suit and tie) also lead the final procession at the end of Mass.
I do not see this as faithfully following the liturgical books. For example, from the Ceremonial of Bishops:
The server with the thurible should have lead the procession.
A particular sensitivity with flags is clear from the Order of Christian Funerals:
It seems to be an open question of whether a national flag should be displayed in the church. (The link to usccb.org/liturgy/q&a/flag discusses this).
But it should not lead the procession.
By J.R. Lilburne, 27 January 2003. Updated 18 June 2004. I give what I have written on this page to the public domain.