Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers distribute the Body and Blood of Christ to those who come forward during the Eucharistic celebration at Mass. Those who choose not to receive the Eucharist are welcomed with a blessing.
It is a gift to be a Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister – to share the Body and Blood of Christ with another. The moment of communion is one that should be seized by both the minister and the communicant. This moment is unique because it is both personal and much bigger than the two people.
To be an Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers
- A fully initiated Catholic, having celebrated the sacraments of baptism, First Eucharist and confirmation.
- To be intent on the work of liturgy caught up in singing, procession and even silence.
- To be a Eucharistic Minister is to know deeply that we are the Body and Blood of Christ.
- To be with the praying community is to learn how to be in this world with reverence, with a love of God that is incarnate in how we speak to others, how we move amidst the holiness of matter and of time.
- Assist the presider in distributing Holy Communion at Mass. The minister looks each person in the eye and says, without rushing, “The Body of Christ,” “The Blood of Christ.” Each person has time to respond, “Amen.” The minister, again without hurrying, then places the Body of Christ in the hand or on the tongue and gives over the Blood of Christ.
- Ministers must not give blessings to members of congregation who cannot receive Holy Communion.
- Find your own replacement if you are unable to serve when scheduled.
- Offer to minister on Holy Days and other special feasts.
- Offer to minister even when you are not scheduled.
- Join the other ministers in the sacristy before the liturgy begins for a short prayer.
- Join in the blessing of the re commitment to service at the liturgy of your choice in late fall.
- Be willing to serve at any mass until there is a sufficient number of ministers in place to serve at these liturgies.
- Attend the annual Liturgy Reflection Day.
If you would like to become a Eucharistic Minister please call us on 01233 622 399 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org