Eucharistic Visitors

The ministry of a Eucharistic Visitor is considered extraordinary because not so many years ago, only a clergy person was allowed to touch the sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ. This thought arose out of the ordination service of a priest, where the priest’s hands were anointed as holy, and therefore, only those hands could touch the consecrated bread and wine. In addition, this ministry is not to take the place of regular pastoral visitations by the clergy to the homebound and those unable to participate in the community’s worship. It is an extra or additional visitation to that which should be ordinary.