Today, I got to attend the Women’s Conference. There’s tons of stuff I could blog about from that conference, but for right now, I’ll just blog about the Eucharist. 🙂 At the end of Mass, Kasia came up to me and asked me if I would help consume the extra hosts, so Lindsay and I went into the “Clergy and Staff” room with her and a few others and began consuming the hosts. We weren’t really sure how to go about doing this properly, and as more people came in after Mass (so that there were now about 15 or so people to consume the 2.5 ciboriums/ciborii/however you call the plural), a few began questioning that we were “taking” the hosts, when we should be “receiving” the Eucharist. So, 3 people took up the ciborii (gold cylindrical bowl-thingys, are you happy?!?) and began going around to the rest of us as EMs, “Body of Christ.”
I have to say, I have never, ever received Jesus so many times as I did today. 🙂 After a little while, I saw that Jill kept handing out Eucharist, and wasn’t getting any for herself, so as she passed me by again, I asked her if she wanted me to take the ciborium, so that she could receive.
So, now you have *me* giving communion. Good thing for me I temporarily forgot Fr. John’s scary lecture about dropping the Eucharist, or I would have been too scared to do it. But today, the issue was not dropping Jesus. Quite the opposite.
See, as I was passing out the Eucharist, He didn’t want to leave my fingers and go into their hands. And I wasn’t about to toss Him into their hands or anything like that. So, while most Extraordinary Ministers that I’ve had serve me tend to look at me while they are saying “Body of Christ” and then wait until I say “Amen,” I was the one who was more focused on the Eucharist: staring at Him, placing Him in their hand and then kind of petting Him into place, so He would stay there with them.
So, I’m not sure. Do I get negative bonus points for excessive fondling of the Eucharist??