Gift Bearers


Gift Bearers bring forward the bread and wine, which will become Christ's Body and Blood, at the beginning of the Liturgy of the Eucharist. They represent the entire worshipping community.

Serving as a Gift Bearer requires no special skill or long commitment to service, but the simple act of presenting the gifts is a beautiful way for the faithful to exercise a significant role in the liturgical celebration. It is an especially nice way for family members to serve together.

It is a praiseworthy practice for the bread and wine to be presented by the faithful.  They are then accepted at an appropriate place by the Priest or the Deacon to be carried to the altar.  Even though the faithful no longer bring from their own possessions the bread and wine intended for the liturgy as was once the case, nevertheless the rite of carrying up the offerings still keeps its spiritual significance.  Even money or other gifts for the poor or for the Church, brought by the faithful or collected in the church, are acceptable; given their purpose, they are to be put in a suitable place away from the Eucharist table.
-General Instruction of the Roman Missal No. 73


If the three wise men had said 'no' and decided not to follow the star, our Lord may not have received  those gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  Two thousand years later, at each Mass within our parishes, we are still presenting gifts to Him.  Please say 'yes' when asked to serve in this most meaningful way.








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