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Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Extraordinary Ministers

Having spent a goodly portion of the only vacation I have taken in over two years in a convalescence facility, I have had the opportunity to observe sacred rituals as enacted by quite a number of extraordinary ministers of Communion.

God bless them all for their works of mercy.

Having said that, I would also like to note that in many cases either their training seems to have been inadequate, or their admission to the ministry ill-considered.

If they were properly trained, too many of them seem to feel that their primary charge is delivery of generalized comfort, rather than the Blessed Sacrament; and that they are free to personalize the ritual.

Nonetheless, I am very grateful.

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