Lay Eucharistic Visitors
Lay Eucharistic Visitors are trained by clergy and are sent forth from the Hickory Neck altar where the community has gathered and shared Communion, carrying the Body and Blood of Christ to parishioners whose illness, disability, or injury keep them from being physically present in church on Sundays.
The bread and wine they carry act as a symbol of the unity of Christ's Body, which transcends boundaries of time and space, providing a sense of connection to persons who might otherwise feel isolated. Lay Eucharistic Visitors prove a remarkable extension of a priest's sacerdotal ministry, much in the same way that a parish priest is essentially an extension of the ministry of the Diocesan Bishop.
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