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Liturgical Press

The Ministry Of Communion

Second Edition

Michael Kwatera, OSB

The Ministry Of Communion
The Ministry Of Communion

ISBN: 9780814629581, 2958

Details: 56 pgs, 5 3/8 x 8 1/4
Publication Date: 09/01/2004

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The Ministry of Communion offers practical advice and vital theology for Eucharistic ministers. Updated with the latest liturgical laws and norms, and with an expanded section on leading Communion services, this book is an excellent guide for both those who serve God's people, and those who help them prepare for the ministry.

Contents are "Being and Giving the Body of Christ: A Life of Ministry," “Being and Giving the Body of Christ: Practical Suggestions,” “Ministry of Communion Within the Assembly: Sharing the Bread,” “Ministry of Communion Within the Assembly: Sharing the Cup,” “Ministry of Communion to the Sick and Homebound,” “Holy Communion Outside Mass,” “Looking for the Perfect Eucharistic Minister,” and “Act of Personal Recommitment for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.”

Fr. Michael Kwatera, OSB, PhD, is director of Oblates for Saint John’s Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota. He’s a teacher and practitioner of Christian liturgy and the author of several Liturgical Press books, including Come to the Feast: Liturgical Ministry of, by, and for Everybody.


With a beautiful mixing of theology and practical information, Father Kwatera brings the reader ‘into' the ministry of communion and explains the varying relationships that occur as one distributes the Eucharist. In today’s sometimes confusing liturgical environment, the author sweeps away the ‘spider webs’ and presents in a concise and clear manner the practical theology of the Ministry of Communion. This book is a great read and a useful aid for this ministry. I would suggest that a copy be placed in every parish and be used in the education and preparation of every Eucharistic Minister.
Ronald R. Skjong, DRE/YM, St. Dionysius Catholic Church, New Ulm Diocese, Tyler, MN

What a wonderful way to reaffirm your ministry to the Body of Christ. Michael gives practical and complimentary advice on how to be an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist.
Anita Fischer, Office of Worship, Director, Diocese of Saint Cloud, Minnesota

. . . there is a reflective and careful attention to theology and practical information that will be helpful for someone new to this ministry.

[A] splendid handbook.
New Theology Review

I sensed throughout the pages that I was in good hands.
New Theology Review