A Eucharistic Minister is a lay person authorized to administer the Consecrated Elements at a Celebration of Holy Eucharist. A Eucharistic Minister should normally act under the direction of a Deacon, if any, or otherwise, the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight of the congregation or other community of faith. Canon III.4
The Licensed Lay Ministry is formed of people who feel called to a more active role in the Proclamation of the Word of God to assist in the distribution of the Holy Eucharist. Special training is required and they are licensed by the bishop upon recommendation of the rector.
At St. Andrew’s, there is one Eucharistic Minister at the 8am Sunday service and two at the 10am service. Along with assisting with the administering of Holy Communion, responsibilities include lighting and extinguishing the candles, carrying the processional cross, leading the Gospel procession, leading the Prayers of the People, and assisting with the setting of the table for communion.