THE LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST
- The presider begins the Eucharistic Prayer. The deacon or adult acolyte stands nearby.
- The assembly sings its parts throughout the Prayer.
- The assembly is invited to bow when the presider genuflects or bows during the words of institution.
- The Lord’s Prayer is said by all. The assembly is invited to pray with arms outstretched.
- The sign of peace is shared if not before the preparation of the gifts.
- The Eucharistic ministers approach the altar.
- The litany, “Lamb of God,” is sung by all as the presider breaks the bread.
- The adult acolyte and Eucharistic minister assigned begin to prepare the bread and pour the wine in a manner that is decorous. The reserved Eucharist from the tabernacle is normally not shared.
- The litany continues until all of the bread in broken and the sacrament is ready to be served.
- The presider bows or genuflects at the conclusions of the litany. The Eucharistic ministers and the assembly are invited to bow at this time.
- The presider announces the presence of Christ and invites the assembly to communion.
- All of the ministers take their vessels and immediately go to their assigned positions.
- The music ministry leads the assembly in song.
- After the assembly is served the Eucharistic ministers take the left over sacred elements to the side table.
- The Eucharistic ministers, the adult acolyte or deacon and priest share in communion after the assembly has been served.
- The adult acolyte and the assigned Eucharistic minister take the left over sacred elements to the daily chapel to be consumed after liturgy.
- All ministers return to their seats.
- There is a period of silence.
- The adult acolyte or deacon holds the book for the presider who reads the final prayer.