Moderator’s note: “Non solum” is a new feature at Pray Tell for our readership community to discuss practical liturgical issues. The title comes from article 11 of the Vatican II liturgy constitution Sacrosanctum Concilium: “Therefore there is to be vigilance among holy pastors that in liturgical action not only are laws for valid and licit celebration to be observed, but that the faithful should participate knowingly, actively, and fruitfully.” (Ideo sacris pastoribus advigilandum est ut in actione liturgica non solum observentur leges ad validam et licitam celebrationem, sed ut fideles scienter, actuose et fructuose eandem participent.) May the series contribute to good liturgical practice – not only following the law, but especially grasping the spirit of the liturgy!
Today’s question: Name Tags and Crosses for Eucharistic Ministers
In several of the parishes I have recently visited I have seen the Eucharistic Ministers wearing name tags, cross, or both to denote that they are Eucharistic Ministers. Do you think this is an appropriate practice? Is it an attempt to be hospitable, and if so does it work? Is it proper to “label” the Eucharistic Ministers or does this in some way alienate them from the assembly of which they are a part? Furthermore, could the usage of a pseudo-pectoral cross for the Eucharistic Ministers confuse ecclesial symbols? Do they really need to be identified at all? From my perspective, some ministers such as Hospitality Ministers lend themselves to name tags, but I question whether Eucharistic Ministers warrant being so specifically identified. What are your thoughts? What does your parish do, and why? Please comment below.