Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion - Lead Eucharistic Minister

Main Minister or “Ciborium” Minister

  • If you have been designated as “Ciborium” Minister on the schedule, you will process in with the altar servers, lectors and celebrant and sit in the front pew to the left of the altar.
  • At the sign of peace, proceed directly to the reserved tabernacle and bring the reserved Sacrament to the altar. Then stand with the other Eucharistic Ministers behind the Celebrant.
  • When you approach the tabernacle, open the door, genuflect (or deeply bow if unable to genuflect) then remove the ciborium.
  • When Communion is over, the “Ciborium" Minister, returns to the altar and stands behind the Celebrant until he gives you the Ciborium to return to the Tabernacle.
  • When you return the Blessed Sacrament to the tabernacle, genuflect (or deeply bow if you are unable to genuflect) and close and lock the tabernacle door. Return the key to the credence table.
  • The “Ciborium" Minister processes out with the Celebrant.


If you are faced with a communicant who presents a consecrated host to you as a minister of the cup, indicate if possible, that this is not to be done. If it cannot be avoided, let the celebrant know after Mass so as to address it with the individual or from the pulpit. In the Diocese of Boise, intinction is discouraged.

Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is a disorder causing an allergic intestinal reaction to the gluten in wheat. Gluten is a protein enzyme which activates when flour is kneaded and functions to bind the wheat together. Gluten is a toxin to persons with the disease and damages the digestive system which inhibits the absorption of vitamins and nutrients and predisposes its victims to a myriad of illnesses. As an Extraordinary Minsiter of the Eucharist, it is important to recognize that there are persons in the assembly who are medically advised against the reception of Holy Communion under the form of bread and it is not your place to judge those who approach only the cup. The principle of extending the cup to these faithful is a matter of justice. Unless they receive the Precious Blood, they cannot participate in Holy Communion. Canon Law # 925 permits the reception of communion "under the form of wine alone in cases of necessity."