Eucharistic Ministers, Visitors, and Lectors
At St. Andrew’s a Eucharistic Minister is a lay person authorized by the Bishop of the diocese to administer the consecrated wine at a Celebration of the Holy Eucharist. A Eucharistic Minister acts under the direction of the priest. In our parish, Eucharistic Ministers also lead the Prayers of the People and may read the Lessons.
A Eucharistic Visitor is a lay person authorized to take the consecrated elements, both the bread and the wine, following a Celebration of Holy Eucharist to members of the congregation who, by reason of illness or infirmity, were unable to be present at the Celebration of the Eucharist. A Eucharistic Visitor acts under the direction of our Rector or another priest.
Lectors read the Lessons at Sunday morning services. Lectors are often parishioners but Eucharistic Ministers may also read the Lessons.
Eucharistic Ministers and Visitors are recommended by the parish priest to the Bishop of the Diocese, who grants them a license to practice the ministry. Interested parishioners who are confirmed communicants in good standing in the parish can be considered for training as a Eucharistic Minister or Visitor. Contact Father John Conner (after August 14, 2023) for further information or Marilyn Strangeman for the latest schedule.