Be observant of the Lord’s command to love your neighbor. “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12)
The Mystery of the Eucharist
From John 6:54-57 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me.
Bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ
Christ is fully present in both species. Body and blood, soul and divinity.
Handling, serving, consuming, and cleansing should be done with the respect that this is the true body and blood of Christ.
Roles of an Eucharistic Minister A sign of Hospitality
If unable to serve, find a replacement or let your coordinator know
Dress Properly. This does not have to be expensive or fancy. It simply means clothing that is neat, clean, and reasonably modest. Preferably shirts should have collars. Shoes are preferred over sandals.
Observe good habits of personal hygiene including neatly trimmed and clean fingernails.
Avoid tee shirts, particularly those with slogans, noisy jewelry, glittery nail polish, novelty ties, and anything else that could draw undo attention to yourself
Notes for Ministers of the Eucharist
Pick up one piece and hold it in the line of sight between your eyes and the person to whom you are speaking.
Do not raise the Eucharistic bread above the two of you
Look into the person’s eyes and in a clear, gentle, audible but not too loud a voice say, “The Body of Christ”.