8/11/09 – Things Communion Ministers Want You to Know #1

This week, we have held formation workshops for our Ministers of Communion. Every year, our ministers share matters that they wish they could share with you. So this week, we have the first of a series we’re calling:

Things Communion Ministers Want You to Know

1. Receive Communion under both kinds

Our ministers understand that for many years, the congregation (or assembly) were denied the opportunity to receive communion from the chalice, but now this opportunity and privilege has been given to us again.

The command Jesus gave to his disciples was simple “take this, all of you and eat it… take this, all of you, and drink from it…” To eat the host and drink from the chalice allows us to enter fully into the ritual meal instituted by Jesus in the last supper.

Holy Communion has a fuller form as a sign when it is distributed under both kinds…
(General Instruction of the Roman Missal, 281)

Photo: Chalice by mafleen

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