They will bring all your brothers from all the nations.
Psalm 116 (117)
R. Go out to all the world, and tell the Good News.
Hebrews 12:5–7, 11–13
The Lord trains the one he loves.
I am the way, the truth, and the life, says the Lord; no one comes to the Father, except through me.
The last shall be first and the first last.
Images from the Word
- Narrow door
- Away from me
- Every language
- Bears fruit
If [other] priests are not present and there is a very large number of communicants, the priest may call upon extraordinary ministers to assist him, i.e., duly instituted acolytes or even other faithful who have been deputed for this purpose.—General Instruction of the Roman Missal, §162
The presiding celebrant is always to be the ordinary minister of Communion. However, due to ill health or the size of the assembly, he can be helped by others. Due to the lack of ordained ministers and the extension of ministering the cup, our generation has seen the increasing use of extraordinary ministers for distribution of Communion. We have also seen this extended to taking Communion to the housebound, particularly from our Sunday Mass.