Ministers of communion distribute the Body of Christ and the Precious Blood during the Communion Rite of the Liturgy of the Eucharist. This ministry should be conducted with reverence for the Blessed Sacrament and respect towards the other people attending the liturgy.
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- I. Dress
- The ruling principal for dress is modesty. Ministers should not be dressed to draw attention to themselves. Rather, they should be dressed to reflect the reverence and respect required for this ministry. Dress should not physically hamper the conducting of the duties of the minister.
Preferably, men should be dressed in a jacket and tie (shirt and tie during the summer months). At minimum, a collared shirt and slacks are expected.
Women may wear slacks, skirts, or dress outfits. They should be knee length. They should cover backs and shoulders.
Please, no jeans or sneakers.
- II. Sign-in
- The ministers plan to arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled start time for liturgy. When the ministers arrive, they sign-in on the sheets provided in the vestry.
- III. Prayer
- Before mass begins, the ministers should take a few moments to mentally review what their duties are. They should reflect on the importance and significance of their ministry.
They should ask God to help them serve God and their brothers and sisters well.
- When the Priest raises the chalice to receive the Precious Blood, the ministers move forward to the front of the nave. They bow together then line up at the side of the altar closest to the choir.
- The distributors of the hosts should stand closest to the wall at the back of the sanctuary.
- After receiving communion (and communicating the deacon if there is one), the priest (with the assistance of the deacon if he is present or one of the ministers if he is not) distributes communion under both species (first the Body, then the Blood) to the ministers of communion.
- The priest gives the cups and ciborium to the appropriate ministers.
- The distributor of the hosts for the south section of the Church with the corresponding cup minister give communion to the altar servers then proceed to their section.
- The distributor of the hosts for the north section of the Church with the corresponding cup minister give communion to the altar servers then proceed to their section.
- The priest and deacon (or third distributor of hosts if there is no deacon) distribute hosts in the center aisle.
- As each communicant approaches, the minister holds up the host and proclaims clearly, “The Body of Christ.” Nothing should follow this proclamation except the communicant’s “Amen.” The minister then places the host in the communicant’s hand or on the communicant’s tongue.
- If a host falls to the ground, the minister immediately picks it up and consumes it.
- If a non-communicant approaches the minister, the minister may use their thumb to make the Sign of the Cross on the person’s forehead. No words are spoken.
- The ministers of the cup stand to the side. As each communicant approaches, the minister raises the cup and proclaims clearly, “The Blood of Christ.” Nothing should follow this proclamation except the communicant’s “Amen.” The minister hands the cup to the communicant and takes it back after the communicant receives. The minister wipes the inside and outside of the rim with the purificator, then turns the cup a quarter turn before presenting it to the next communicant. The minister uses the entire purificator as needed.
- If any of the Precious Blood falls on the tile, the minister immediately places the purificator over the spot. The minister gets another purificator and finishes distributing communion. Once done, the minister returns the cup to the credence table, then returns to clean up the spilled Blood. After the liturgy, the minister informs the priest of the spill.
- If ministers finish their section before other ministers are finished with theirs, the ministers should help finish these other sections. The distributor of the hosts should stand near the front pew of the section with which they are helping. The cup minister should stand near the other cup minister.
- Only for 9:00 when there is catechism
7.5 A fifth paten and cup will cover any overflow in the Chapel, the north transept, and the Cry Room. After done with these, they can help up front if needed.
- The distributors of the hosts take their ciboria to the altar where the priest will consolidate the hosts. When the priest is finished, the minister brings any empty ciboria to the credence table placing them on the corporal on the table.
- The ministers of the cup proceed to the credence table, consume the remaining Precious Blood, and place the cups with purificators on the corporal on the credence table.
- The ministers proceed to the front of the nave before the altar, bow together, and return to their seats.
- The ministers say a prayer of thanksgiving for their ministry.