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Eucharistic Minister

As defined by Canons: The Eucharistic minister is authorized to administer the consecrated elements at a Celebration of the Holy Eucharist. The Eucharistic minister is an adult communicant in good standing and serves under the direction of a deacon, if any, or member of clergy who oversees the congregation. Note: This ministry was previously referred to as “Chalice Bearer.”

  • Personal qualities and history of the Eucharistic Minister

    Deep relationship with God and a personal commitment to the ministry of the church 

    A spirituality centered in public worship, as exemplified in long-term regular, faithful participation in the worship of the church 

    An understanding of and respect for the Eucharistic practices of the church 

  • Formation considerations prior to licensing

    A clear understanding of the Anglican approach to the sacrament of Holy Eucharist 

    Familiarity of the role of the Eucharistic minister in the liturgy and how it differs from the role of the clergy 

    Familiarity with the Eucharistic liturgy, including the words and mechanics of the service, and the variety of rites and prayer options 

    Ability to administer the chalice and paten appropriately and methods of Intinction 

    Awareness and sensitivity to people with special needs, such as elderly, those with disabilities, and children 

    Ability to deal with unexpected occurrences related to administering the sacraments

  • Suggested elements of training for licensing

    Eucharistic minister training occurs at the parish level under the direction of a deacon or member of the clergy exercising oversight of the congregation.  

    Training may include: 

    • Eucharistic theology 
    • Baptismal and Eucharistic history 
    • Practice 
    • Pertinent canons 
  • Suggested resources for licensing and renewal


    • The Holy Bible (any canonically approved version) 
    • The Book of Common Prayer. Church Hymnal Corporation, 1979 

     Web sites 



  • Renewal of license process

    A Eucharistic Minister will be licensed for up to 3 years at a time. Before or immediately after 3 years have passed, the licensed lay Eucharistic Minister should receive some refreshing of their training and assessment of their good standing. At this time, a member of the clergy with oversight and responsibility for this ministry can recommend that their license be renewed or that they pursue other ministries within the church and give room for others to practice this ministry. 

    Every 3 years the diocese will request an updated roster of licensed Eucharistic Ministers for each parish and worshipping community.