Not only did I get to worship with my family, at my home parish today, but because of vacations, I got to be an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion as well! This is one ministry that I am not often asked to perform at the parish where I work, but I was on the regular scheduled rotation at the parish where my family worships before I took the job. It is the one ministry I really miss.
When Father asked if there were any extraordinary ministers in the congregation who could help out at Mass, Mrangelmeg practically shoved me out of the pew because he knows how much I love this ministry. There is something about being able to share the act of Communion with the congregation, as we all consume what we become so as to become one Body in Christ, is so meaningful to me.
As I was standing there offering the cup to each person, making eye contact and saying to each one in turn "The Blood of Christ", naming what they would become when they consumed from the cup, my heart could hardly contain my joy.
Then I went back to help with the duties of the ministers, cleaning up the vessels. The other ministers all said I didn't have to help but I said that it wasn't fair of me to do the fun part without doing the busy work as well. I enjoyed every moment of it.
It was really hard to keep the tears from welling up in my eyes. This is what liturgy is all about.