Technically, the Eucharistic minister is the “acolyte”. – The one who serves at the altar, preparing the altar table and the vessels and who gives communion to the faithful. Eucharistic ministers are not “almost priests’.
The roots of their ministry are in the fact that they are Christian men and women. Baptism is our title to our ministry. By baptism and confirmation all Christians share in the priesthood of Christ and have the potential for taking significant responsibility for the public worship of our community.
Eucharistic ministry is not given as a reward in recognition of one’s past contribution or because someone is better than another is, rather, Eucharistic ministers are called from the community as its representative. He/she is to be what they are. All are called to be the presence of Christ.
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