Post # 1
I don’t know that I’m using the right term here, but I’m referring to the “Eucharistic Minister” as the people who offer the blood of Jesus during communion. I think technically the EM is teh priest, but I’ve never heard another term used.
At any rate, has anyone talked to their priest about the requirements for the people assigned as “EMs”? Do these people just have to be practicing Catholics, or do they need some sort of training? I’m going to ask my priest when I meet with him again, but I was just curious if anyone has been given any requirements.
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
I asked the same question, if people needed classes or something. Our priest said he could “ordain” (don’t know the right word) people right before the wedding. I guess it depends on your priest. You probably want someone who is familiar with what’s going on though. Apparently, Fiance and I are the ones who are going to be giving out the wine. Our priest said that in the 30+ years he has been doing weddings, no one has ever spilled on the bride but if our guests are smart, they will only go to him!
Post # 4
I don’t know of the requirements, but I thought they had to take classes for it. I could be wrong though. I haven’t heard of them being ordained right before the ceremony. It could depend on your priest.
Post # 5
I am a Eucharistic Minister and did not have to take classes. I just talked to the woman who organizes the music, readers, etc. She walked me through the basics, since every parish does things a little bit differently. Generally, you come up to the altar during the Great Amen, and after the priest gives you communion, you are given either bread or wine to distribute and head to your “post.” I think they just need to be Catholic, and can probably get the basics at the rehearsal or before the wedding.
Post # 6
Usually you are asked to go through a training, but its nothing really. I mean, if you’ve ever received communion you know what to do. The priest could probably just tell people what to do in like 5 minutes during the rehearsal.
You might have to be confirmed, I think?
It’s kind of funny cause its nothing formal that you are iniated into but it seems like once you’ve gone through that training you can just say “yeah, I’m an EM” at any mass that needs an EM.
Our Bridesmaid or Best Man and Maid/Matron of Honor EM’d for us. How’s that for some acronyms?
Post # 7
It’s my understanding that you must be a Catholic in good standing..which I would assume meant you have completed all the sacraments through confirmation. I’ve also heard that you cannot have anything in your life that would cause scandal — which means you cant be living together unmarried, or married outside the church, whether that be a first marriage outside the church without dispensation or be divorced and remarried outside the church.
Post # 8
@Neva: It’s my understanding that you must be a Catholic in good standing..which I would assume meant you have completed all the sacraments through confirmation.
To be in “good standing” means that you are in a State of Grace, which is the same requirement to receive communion. We could get into a big theological debate about who can receive communion, but in general you need to have received the sacraments of Baptism and Reconcilliation and have not mortally sinned since your last confession. If you lived in an irregular state (married outside of the Catholic Church with no annulment) that may prevent you from being in good standing, depending on how you are living, so you will need to speak to a priest about your particular situation. The same thing can be said about living together before marriage.
Post # 9
There is training and actually a ceremony of sorts involved. Some parishes will only allow those trained for that particular parish to serve as EMs, but others (mine included) will allow anyone trained and certified at any Roman Catholic parish to serve during the wedding.We have two Maid/Matron of Honor and two Best Men, so we were considering having the “second chair” people offer the wine…but at this point I’m not sure we’ll go that route.