The Eucharist constitutes the very life of the Church, for the Lord said, I am the bread of life. No one who comes to me shall ever be hungry, no one who believes in me shall ever thirst.
This Holy and Living Sacrifice
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it and giving it to his disciples said, “Take and eat; this is my body.”
Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Eucharist (EMs) help the priest distribute Holy Communion during Mass. Additionally, they take Holy Communion to their brothers and sisters who are homebound, sick, in hospitals and nursing care. EMs are “members of the assembly, who celebrate the liturgy with understanding, deep faith, and enthusiasm.”
When Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion distribute from the plate or cup into the outstretched hands of the assembly, they not only invite the assembly to receive the Body and Blood of Christ, but they challenge the assembly to become it as well. Those who minister Communion are likewise invited and challenged. They are invited to serve the Body of Christ at the Eucharistic table and challenged to build up the Body by the way they live. Love for the Eucharist should be evident in a mature and lively faith which enables them to bring Christ to all they meet long after the liturgy has ended.