Worship & Spirituality
The Body and Blood of Christ
“The Body of Christ.” “The Blood of Christ.” For most of us, we hear these words at least once a week when we receive Holy Communion during Mass. What do these words mean?
The Eucharist is the Real Presence of the Body and Blood of Christ in the form of bread and wine. However, the phrase “The Body of Christ” also refers to the Church as His visible Body here on earth, joined together in praise of the Glory of God. Through Baptism, Christ is fully alive within each of us. The Body of Christ is the communion of the living and the Church of Heaven, the saints. St. Augustine tells those who receive the Body of Christ in the Eucharist to “be what you see, and receive what you are.” Through the Body of Christ, we are not only individually joined to Christ, but are also joined to one another. Remembering to take and eat and take and drink, the Eucharist deepens our Baptismal commitment, increasing our love for Christ, for one another, as well as transforming ourselves.
During the Season of Lent this year, instead of hymn-singing, we invite you to enter more fully, reflectively into who we are being asked to answer “Amen” to when we receive Holy Communion these weeks. During the Communion procession, we will have the opportunity to reflect on hearing these words as each person receives Communion: “The Body of Christ” and “The Blood of Christ” will resonate throughout the church. Sometimes it is easy to forget the extraordinary sacrifice and gift the Eucharist brings. This season of Lent, we want to refocus ourselves on this Self-gift of Jesus. We hope the repeated phrases of “The Body of Christ” and “The Blood of Christ” become words we will meditate on throughout these forty days. What do they mean for us? How will my relationship with Jesus grow, as well as seeing the Living Christ in others? “The Body of Christ.” “The Blood of Christ.” These eight words hold such mystery “that the Church can never fully explain the Eucharist in words.” Amen!
For further reading, check out “The Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of the Eucharist: Basic Questions and Answers” on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website(www.usccb.org).
Comprised of parish and pastoral team representatives, this group oversees the liturgical life of the parish.
Director of Worship: Mark Knipp
The role of the hospitality minister is to serve God’s people by warmly greeting and welcoming parishioners and visitors as they gather for Mass. This person assists with seating, helps take the collection and facilitates the communion procession. After Mass, various duties are performed such as: handing out bulletins and straightening up areas.
A lector proclaims the word of God during Mass. God’s Word is alive and the lector is the person who brings it to life for the worshiping assembly. New lectors are invited to a training session.
The Eucharistic minister assists the priest and/or deacon in the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ. A Eucharistic minister is a confirmed member of the church, with a reverence for the persons being served and of the sacrament shared, and has participated in a training session for Eucharistic ministers with a parish commissioning.
The sacristan assists in the immediate preparation for Mass. General duties include the preparation of the bread and wine and books and vessels. The sacristan also assists liturgical ministers as directed. Training and mentoring is provided.
An altar server assists the priest and deacon during the Eucharist and other liturgical celebrations. Because of the reverence and maturity needed for this ministry, the requirement is that altar servers be in 5th grade or older.
Altar Servers (Funerals)
A funeral server assists the priest during a funeral Mass. A funeral server may be a child (grade 5 or older) or an adult.
If you are interested in serving in one of the above listed ministries, please contact Mark Knipp, Director of Worship.