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Eucharistic Ministers

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Download forms pertaining to Eucharistic Ministers below.

A Eucharistic Minister is a lay person licensed by the Bishop to administer the consecrated elements of the Eucharist. Eucharistic Ministers may be licensed to administer the consecrated bread and wine at any celebration of the Eucharist in the absence of a sufficient number of priests or deacon to assist the celebrant.

They may also be licensed to go from a Sunday Eucharist or other principal celebrations of the Eucharist to share the sacrament with members of the congregation who were unable to be present at the celebration because of illness or infirmity. Eucharistic Ministers may be licensed for either or both ministries.

This ministry is understood to be an extraordinary ministry, and is not to take the place of the ministry of the priests or deacons concerning the administration of the Eucharist.

Eucharistic Minister required forms:
Eucharistic Minister course sign in sheet
Eucharistic Minister Application for Licensing

Training curriculum for Eucharistic Ministers:
Eucharistic Minister Cover Letter
Eucharistic Minister Training Facilitator Manual
Eucharistic Minister Participant Handout

Eucharistic Visitors

The training curriculum for Eucharistic Visitors can be found below. Be sure to examine all of the forms below to ensure that an essential step (such as applying for licensing) is not missed.

Eucharistic Visitor course sign in sheet
Eucharistic Visitor Application for Licensing

Training curriculum for Eucharistic VISITORS:
Eucharistic Visitor Cover Letter
Eucharistic Visitor Training Facilitator Manual
Eucharistic Visitor Participant Handout

Worship Leader

A Worship Leader is a person licensed by the bishop to lead public worship under the direction of the member of the clergy in charge of the congregation. The Worship Leader must be a confirmed adult communicant (regular member) in good standing and recommended by the member of the clergy in charge of the congregation. Guidelines for training and licensing of Lay Readers are established by the Bishop.

Worship Leaders have traditionally held an important place in the American church, dating from colonial times when clergy were scarce. The first American Prayer Book (1789) used the word “Minister” instead of “Priest” in rubrics in various places to allow greater participation of Worship Leaders in the worship of the Church.

A Worship Leader may lead the Daily Offices of the Church along with any other “Office”, non-Eucharistic celebration, found in the Book of Common Prayer omitting substituting any form of blessing with “us”.

Worship Leader training is offered by the Whitaker Institute.

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