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"Making Eucharist"

Today during field education supervision, I reflected on the first five Sundays serving at my field site parish.  I mentioned an early revelation was the rector's conviction that you need receive the Body and Blood of Christ only once on Sunday.  

At St. G's, I vest and serve at the altar as a Lay Eucharistic Minister (LEM) for both morning services at 7:30 a.m. & 10-ish* (*acknowledging the second service, and sometimes the first, never start at the listed).  Anyway, I typically receive, or as I refer to it, "make eucharist" at the first service.  

My supervisor stopped me, and wondered aloud, "Can you 'make eucharist' without partaking in the sacraments?"  Well, that's a good question.  Since 'eucharist" means thanksgiving, can you make praise and thanksgiving at the second service and not receive communion?  The answer is, emphatically, 'Yes!'  

I realize I've grown up with clergy who did not hold the line about receiving the sacrament only once a day.  Serving in various different lay ministries (Altar Guild, choir, lector, LEM) during services on a particular Sunday, it was common for me to go to the altar in each capacity at each service.  

So going forward, rather than "make eucharist," I might now say "make holy communion."  There's learning everywhere.