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The rite of commissioning for

Lay liturgical

Ministers
For lectors and commentators,
extraordinary ministers of holy communion,
and greeters and collectors

CALLING OF THE CANDIDATES


The animators of the Lectors and Commentators, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and
Greeters and Collectors approach the sanctuary, then they will call the candidates from their
respective ministries in these words:
MLC Animator:

Those who will be commissioned as Lectors and


Commentators, please come forward.

EMHC Animator:

Those who will be commissioned as Extraordinary


Ministers of Holy Communion, please come
forward.

GCM Animator:

Those who will be commissioned as Greeters and


Collectors, please come forward.

Worship Animator:

Reverend Father, the Worship Ministry of our


parish asks you to commission our brothers and
sisters to service as Lectors and Commentators,
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, and
Greeters and Collectors.

The Priest:

We rely on the help of the Lord God and our Savior


Jesus Christ, and we commission these, our brothers
and sisters to service as Lectors and Commentators,
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, and
Greeters and Collectors.
Thanks be to God.

All reply:

PROFESSION OF FAITH
The Priest:

Before you are commissioned in your respective


ministries, I ask you now, together with the
assembly here present, to profess you faith.

The Ministers:

I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of


heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten

Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God


from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made. For us men and
for our salvation he came down from heaven, At the
words that follow, up to and including and became man, all bow. and by
the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man. For our sake he was crucified
under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was
buried, and rose again on the third day in
accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into
heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and
the dead and his kingdom will have no end. I believe
in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who
proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the
Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has
spoken through the prophets. I believe in one, holy,
catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one Baptism
for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the
resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to
come. Amen.
EXAMINATION
The Priest:

Dear brothers and sisters, you are here today to be


commissioned in the ministries that the Church will
be entrusting you. In this ministry, you must be
examples of Christian living in faith and conduct;
you must strive to grow in holiness. Remember that,
though many, we are one body because we share the
one bread and one cup. As lay liturgical ministers,
be, therefore, especially observant of the Lords

The Ministers:

command to love your neighbor. For when he gave


his body as food to his disciples, he said to them:
This is my commandment, that you should love
one another as I have loved you. Now, I ask you to
answer the following questions: Are you resolved to
perform your ministry with grace and serve this
community with love in everything you do?
I am.

Dear Lectors and Commentators: Are you resolved


to proclaim the Word of God in the liturgical
celebrations and be examples of what you proclaim
in word and deed according to the teachings of the
Church?
The Lectors and Commentators:
I am.
The Priest:

The Priest:

The EMHCs:

Dear Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion:


Are you resolved to undertake the office of giving
the body and blood of the Lord to your brothers and
sisters with utmost care and reverence, and so serve
to build up the Church?
I am.

Dear Greeters and Collectors: Are you resolved to


give yourselves to service for the proper celebration
of worship and to be good examples of living for
God's people?
The Greeters and Collectors:
I am.
The Priest:

The Priest:

The Ministers:

Dear liturgical ministers: Are you resolved to be


good examples to the people in the image and
likeness of our Lord Jesus Christ?
I am.

The Priest:

The Ministers:
The Priest:

Are you resolved to promise respect and obedience


to the Diocesan Bishop and to me, your Pastor,who
represents our Lord Jesus Christ in our parish?
I am.
May you follow the example of Christ, who did not
come to be serve but to serve not for his own glory
but for the greater glory of God the Father.

PRAYER OF COMMISSIONING
The Priest:

Let us pray that the kindness of almighty God will


pour out on you an abundance of grace.

The Priest, with hands outstretched over the ministers, sings or says the following prayer:

All reply:

Loving Father, You have made us members of the


Body of Christ, bestowed on us by your Holy Spirit,
and called us to holiness and service. Look kindly
upon these men and women who have responded to
your call and have chosen to serve you as lay
liturgical ministers. Fill them with your love. and
the true joy that we can only find in serving you. Let
them manifest your Son, Jesus Christ, and guide
them in the path to holiness. Let their love and
service for you be a sign and example for all.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives
and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit
in your holy Church, God forever and ever.
Amen.