From a reader:
While about to receive Communion today I was told by a Eucharistic minister “nice to see you” immediately after she had said “Body of Christ,” to me. I had not even responded, “Amen” yet. Is this permissible? I was trying to be as solemn as possible as this just threw me off. What do you think.
I am sure that the person who did that had good intentions.
However, the way Holy Communion is to be distributed in the Latin Church is laid out in the books.
The minister of Communion says: The Body of Christ.
The communicant responds: Amen.
In the traditional form the minister says: Corpus Domini nostri Jesu Christi custodiat animam tuam in vitam aeternam. Amen.
The communicant responds:
That “The communicant responds:” was a trick. The communicant doesn’t respond.
There is no indication in the Novus Ordo or traditional books that, at Communion, the minister and communicant should have a little chat about what’s nice or what isn’t. There is no directive to editorialize. There is nothing about the minister expressing observations or feelings of any kind. Ministers of Communion are not the center of attention at Communion.
“Gosh, how I feel right now is so important that, even though I’m holding a consecrated Host in my hand, and there is a person wanting to receive the Body of Christ in front of me that, I think I’ll just make what I think and feel the center of our attention.”
There is plenty of time to talk after Mass or in another occasion.
In most places there should be a review to determine whether or not extraordinary ministers are truly necessary.
If they are, they should be properly trained.
After that, if they can’t do fulfill their role properly, if they can’t say the black part and do the red thing – they should be replaced.