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INSTRUCTIONS FOR EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS

 THE FRACTIONING RITE:

  • After the Our Father, when the presider says “Peace be with you.”  That is the cue to come up to the altar area, one minister on each side of the presider. 
  • The EM closest to the credence table gets the extra chalice and brings it to the altar
  • Both EM’s come to the altar to help the presider prepare the Eucharist for communion in the Fractioning Rite
  • EM on the presider’s left:  the presider will hand you some of the bread to fraction
  • EM on the right:  pour the Blood of the Lord remaining in the cruet into the chalice that you brought to the altar
  • DO NOT FRACTION THE BREAD OR POUR UNTIL THE PRESIDER STARTS THE RITE BY BREAKING THE BREAD.

COMMUNION:

  • The presider will assign communion stations and instruct the assembly
  • When distributing the body of the Lord the EM should say only*, “The Body of Christ”  to which the communicant should respond, “Amen.”
  • When distributing blood of the Lord the EM should say only*, “The Blood of Christ” to which the communicant should respond, “Amen.”

*Please do not use names when distributing communion – there will undoubtedly be people you don’t know and using names for some and not others is not a good practice;  also, do not add any phrases (eg, my brother, my sister, the Body of Christ)-  use the words called for by the rite.

AFTER COMMUNION:

  • Return to the area behind the altar where the EM’s and Presider will minister communion to each other.
  • IF THERE ARE ALTAR SERVERS PRESENT leave the chalices and patens on the altar. 
  • IF THERE ARE NO ALTAR SERVERS PRESENT please bring the chalices and paten to the credence table

 

Some things to know or remember for Eucharistic Ministers

  • Distributing the Body and Blood of Jesus is ordinarily the function of the priest, or of someone who has been installed to the order of “Acolyte.”  Over the last 40 years it has become common practice for members from the community who have been chosen and trained to distribute the Eucharist at the community’s celebrations.  It is a high point of the Mass, and one of the most sacred responsibilities to have.
  • As Catholics we believe that, once consecrated, the  bread and wine are the real Divine Presence of Jesus, his Body and Blood.  Everything we do concerning the Eucharist should be done with great reverence and care, and most of all, with great gratitude for the Lord’s gift of Himself to us.
  • After communion the presider places a small amount of the remaining Eucharist into a “Pix” which is then placed in the Tabernacle on top of the Fountain.  The reason for this is twofold.  First, that we might pray and be with the Lord present in the Eucharist.  Second, that the Eucharist might be available for the sick or the dying as needed.

 

Some terms to know:

Chalice:  the appropriate term for the vessel used to consecrate the Blood of Christ.

Cruet:     the small pitcher, with a cover,  that holds the wine

Paten:     the appropriate term for the plate ued to consecrate the Body of Christ.

Credence
    Table:  The small table south of the altar  which holds materials for Mass

Altar:      the appropriate term for the table around which we gather to celebrate the         Eucharist

Ambo:     The appropriate term for the podium from which the Word is proclaimed.

Fractioning
    Rite:      The rite engaged during the “Lamb of God” in which the Consecrated Bread is broken for distribution and the Consecrated Wine is poured into the second chalice for distribution

Host:       refers to the unleavened flat bread which we use in addition to the homemade
                Unleavened bread

 

 

 

St. Mary of Magdala Church, Inc. is a 501 (C) (3) Organization.
Our Ecumenical Catholic Community
meets at St. Mary of Magdala Chapel, located at
Evensong Retreat Center, 326 Lower County Road, Harwich Port, MA 02646

St. Mary of Magdala Church is proud to be affiliated with

THE ECUMENICAL CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF NEW ENGLAND
THE FEDERATION OF CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES
THE HARWICH CLERGY ASSOCIATION
THE CAPE COD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES

 

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