Eucharistic Ministry at the 5 p.m. Saturday Eucharist

Thank you for your willingness to serve as a Eucharistic Minister at our 5 p.m. Saturday Eucharist at St. Margaret’s! Your important work is an act of hospitality and hope for those who attend and participate.

We normally schedule only one Eucharistic Minister to assist the priest at the 5 p.m. Saturday Eucharist. Eucharistic Ministers do not vest for this service. Please come forward to take communion before the rest of the congregation at the priest’s invitation (“The gifts of God for the People of God.”) Once you’ve received communion yourself, take the cup and purificator (linen napkin) with you and stand a good distance away from the priest. The distance allows a line to form as people who already have received the bread/host wait to receive the wine/cup.

We do offer comprehensive training for most Eucharistic Ministers, but because the role of a Eucharistic Minister at the 5 p.m. Saturday Eucharist is much simpler than at our larger services, we don’t require that training for those who exercise this ministry only on Saturday nights. For that reason, in turn, we don’t normally schedule Saturday 5 p.m. Eucharistic Ministers for other services unless you request that specifically. You are welcome to attend the training if you find it helpful, but most of what’s covered there will not apply to Saturday nights. Questions about scheduling and training should be referred to Debby in the parish office.

As each person approaches, say, “The blood of Christ, the cup of salvation.” Let the person receiving the cup guide it, but don’t let go of the cup unless you’re sure the person has physical control of it. Wipe the cup after each person drinks from it. Some people will prefer to dip their bread into the wine, which is called intinction. When you’re done, return the cup and purificator to the priest.

Dress neatly but casually. Your presence and hospitality are the most important part.

Eucharistic Ministers should arrive at about 4:45, and let the priest know that you are there. Let the priest know if you have any questions.

Last updated: February 12, 2014 at 15:33 pm

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