08-eucharistminisEvery Sunday, the Lord’s Day, we assemble as a parish community to celebrate the Eucharist.

  • We begin with song and greetings and prayers. We spend time in hearing the Scriptures and reflecting on how God’s word is shaping our lives.
  • We offer intercessions for the world, the poor, the church, all those in need. We then lift up our hearts in praise and thanks to God and we pray that the simple gifts of bread and wine might become for us the body and blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
  • The Communion that follows begins with the Lord’s Prayer and continues through to the Amen that concludes the prayer after communion.

A number of ministers are needed in the communion rite: the presider, the leaders of song, ministers of communion and the acolytes or adult server. The presumption is that those who minister do so as members of the assembly. They remain a part of the assembly and perform a task in service to the assembly.

Tasks

Ministers of Communion come forward from the assembly to assist with the breaking of the bread and pouring from the large decanter into small cups; they take the bread and wine to the assembly and, after the Communion Procession, place the vessels on a side table and receive Communion themselves. Their movements, gestures and words are marked by reverence and presence to the members of the assembly.

Qualities of a minister of Communion

What qualities ought a Minister of Communion possess? The one at the source of any others, the one supporting the whole ministry, would be this: A Minister of Communion should be one who knows what it means to say, ‘The Body of Christ’, ‘The Blood of Christ’.

In this parish all ministers must attend the course for Communion Ministers conducted by the Diocese and undergo practical training in the parish as steps in decerning their call to this Ministry.

Communion under both kinds.

We endeavour to offer communion under both kinds at all Masses in this parish. The reason is put directly in the “Sacramentary”(the official book from which the main prayers of the Mass are taken):

“The sign of communion is more complete when given under both kinds, since the sign of the Eucharistic meal appears more clearly. The intention of Christ that the new and eternal covenant be ratified in his blood is better expressed, as is the relation of the Eucharistic banquet to the heavenly banquet.” (GIRM, no 240).

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