(Quote) Ray-566531 said:
I'm wondering the same thing, Lina. Back in the 1970's, permission was granted from Rome to...
(Quote) Ray-566531 said:
I'm wondering the same thing, Lina. Back in the 1970's, permission was granted from Rome to allow Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist, more commonly but incorrectly referred to as Eucharistic Ministers. (I think that title was instilled for the sake of brevity.) Those who are selected or volunteer to serve in this capacity are to be thankful and thanked. It's an honor and privilege to serve. Priests are men who have had had their entire beings (not just their hands) consecrated by bishops. Permission was granted not only to use "EM's", but for the laity to receive the Body of Christ in their hands. It this practice came into being because of the actions of a Pope, that should eliminate the doubt about the validity of the use of Extraordinary Ministers. To believe that this action is sinful is contrary to the Church teachings about the Eucharist.
Anyone who serves in this capacity serves the Church and fellow parishioners, and it shows a special dedication to the Eucharist, therefore making it worthy of mention in a profile. It is definitely NOT a negative factor.
An Instruction on Certain Questions Regarding the Collaboration of the Non-Ordained Faithful in the Sacred Ministry of the Priest -
LIBRERIA EDITRICE VATICANA
VATICAN CITY 1997
§ 2. Extraordinary ministers may distribute Holy Communion at eucharistic celebrations only when there are no ordained ministers present or when those ordained ministers present at a liturgical celebration are truly unable to distribute Holy Communion.(99) They may also exercise this function at eucharistic celebrations where there are particularly large numbers of the faithful and which would be excessively prolonged because of an insufficient number of ordained ministers to distribute Holy Communion. (100)
This function is supplementary and extraordinary (101) and must be exercised in accordance with the norm of law. It is thus useful for the diocesan bishop to issue particular norms concerning extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion which, in complete harmony with the universal law of the Church, should regulate the exercise of this function in his diocese. Such norms should provide, amongst other things, for matters such as the instruction in eucharistic doctrine of those chosen to be extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, the meaning of the service they provide, the rubrics to be observed, the reverence to be shown for such an august Sacrament and instruction concerning the discipline on admission to Holy Communion.
To avoid creating confusion, certain practices are to be avoided and eliminated where such have emerged in particular Churches:
— extraordinary ministers receiving Holy Communion apart from the other faithful as though concelebrants;
— association with the renewal of promises made by priests at the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday, as well as other categories of faithful who renew religious vows or receive a mandate as extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion;
— the habitual use of extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion at Mass thus arbitrarily extending the concept of "a great number of the faithful"
Source - www.vatican.va