In every celebration of the Eucharist, there should be a sufficient number of ministers of Holy Communion so that it may be distributed in a reverent and orderly manner. If there are insufficient numbers of priests or deacons at a particular Mass, then the priest may call upon extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist to assist him. All ministers should show the greatest reverence for the Most Holy Eucharist by their demeanour, their attire and the manner in which they handle the consecrated bread or wine. After the priest has concluded his own Communion, he distributes Communion to the extraordinary ministers and then hands the sacred vessels to them for distribution of Holy Communion to the people. The proper and only permissible form for distributing Holy Communion is to offer the consecrated bread by saying “The Body of Christ” and to offer the consecrated wine by saying “The Blood of Christ” No other words or names should be added. In those instances when there remains more consecrated wine than was necessary, if needs dictate, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion may consume what remains of the Precious Blood from their cup of distribution. In addition, after Mass, extraordinary ministers may take the consecrated bread in a small round metal box, known as a pyx, to be distributed to the sick or housebound in their places of residence.
Eucharistic Ministers Training Handbook
“THIS IS MY BODY”
Parish Preparation for Special Ministers of the Eucharist
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Commission of Eucharistic Ministers in Church
as we gather in your service, help us to fully understand the magnificence of your Son’s sacrifice for us and the wonder of your presence in the Holy Eucharist. Guide and instil in us perseverance and a willingness to do your will. Open our hearts to others as we invite them to your table to share your precious gifts. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, who lives with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit one God for ever and ever. Amen”
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The Church of Saint Peter in Chains is a Catholic Church in Ardrossan, Ayrshire, Scotland. Saint Peter in Chains belongs to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Galloway. It is a relatively young Church having been opened in 1938. Most Churches in the surrounding towns are well over a hundred years old. The Parish hopes to re-energise the local Church through authentic witness that can inspire people to rediscover the message of Catholicism.
We hope to play an active part in the New Evangelisation by striving to be “missionary disciples”. This website exists for two reasons. Firstly, it informs the community of Church services and other events and secondly, it records the history of the parish. These aims form our mission statement.