• Lay person, maybe male or female
  • Appointed to assist in the distribution of Holy Communion to the congregation and to the sick and homebound
  • Properly formed, instructed and commissioned - receive sufficient spiritual, theological and practical preparation to fulfill our role with knowledge and reverence
  • Annually renew commitment to our ministry and serves with humility (avoid self recognition)
  • In all matters, follow the guidance of the parish priest
  • It was in 1973 when Pope Paul VI authorized the document Immensae Caritatis (Immense Charity) which clarified the conditions and issued instruction giving permission to diocesan bishop to designate lay men and women to distribute the Eucharist as Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Communion.
  • It was only last 1990 that the lay minister came into existence in Doha from the great effort made by a good priest FR.John
  • The first batch of candidates for Eucharistic Ministers had to attend a one and a half formation seminar. There were two Filipinos among the first eight Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Communion of Doha who were installed in 1990. They were involved in assisting the priest in giving the communion not only in houses, but in substation and the school (AMERICAN SCHOOL) who generously offered the place for the masses.
  • Through the years, the EMHC’s underwent continuous training and formation.
  • And as the population of people coming to hear mass grew in number, more EMHC’s were commissioned. There are now 49 Filipino EMHC’s, 4 of which are based and serving in the masses in Al Khor.
  • The group has become more structured with the selection of parish and community coordinators.
Thanksgiving After Communion
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Thanksgiving After Communion

St. Thomas Aquinas

St. Thomas Aquinas is known today primarily for his theological works (most famously the Summa Theologica), but he also wrote extensive meditations on Scripture, as well as hymns and prayers. This beautiful prayer reminds us that, while we are unworthy to receive Communion, Christ has still given us the gift of Himself, and His Body and Blood strengthen us to live a Christian life.

Thanksgiving After Communion (St. Thomas Aquinas)

I give Thee thanks, O holy Lord, Father Almighty, Eternal God, that Thou hast vouchsafed, for no merit of my own, but of the mere condescension of Thy mercy, to satisfy me, a sinner and Thine unworthy servant, with the Precious Blood of Thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ. I implore Thee, let not this Holy Communion be to me an increase of guilt unto my punishment, but an availing plea unto pardon and forgiveness. Let it be to me the armor of faith and the shield of good will. Grant that it may work the extinction of my vices, the rooting out of concupiscence and lust, and the increase within me of charity and patience, of humility and obedience. Let it be my strong defense against the snares of all my enemies, visible and invisible; the stilling and the calm of all my impulses, carnal and spiritual; my indissoluble union with Thee the one and true God, and a blessed consummation at my last end. And I beseech thee that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to bring me, sinner as I am, to that ineffable banquet where Thou, with the Son and the Holy Ghost, art to Thy saints true and unfailing light, fullness and content, joy for evermore, gladness without alloy, consummate and everlasting bliss. Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


An Explanation of St. Thomas Aquinas's Prayer of Thanksgiving After Communion

In this prayer, Saint Thomas expresses his gratitude for the gift of the Eucharist. When we receive Holy Communion in a state of grace, God grants us additional graces (sacramental grace) that strengthen our faith and our desire to do what is right. Those graces help us to grow in virtue and to avoid sin, draw us closer to God in our daily lives, and prepare us for an eternity with Him.

Definitions of Words Used in the Prayer of Thanksgiving After Communion

Vouchsafe: to grant something, especially to someone who doesn't deserve it on his own

Condescension: to reach out to someone lower than oneself—in this case, God reaching out to man

Availing: effective or successful

Concupiscence: desires, especially for things we shouldn't have

Carnal: of the flesh or body

Indissoluble: lasting forever

Consummation: making something whole and complete

Ineffable: to wonderful or overwhelming to be described

Without alloy: pure

Bliss: perfect happiness

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