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Musings 2002/156

2. Extraordinary ministers may distribute Holy Communion at eucharistic celebrations only when there are no ordained ministers present or when those ordained ministers present at a liturgical celebration are truly unable to distribute Holy Communion. (99) They may also exercise this function at eucharistic celebrations where there are particularly large numbers of the faithful and which would be excessively prolonged because of an insufficient number of ordained ministers to distribute Holy Communion. (100)
To avoid creating confusion,

certain practices are to be avoided
and eliminated

where such have emerged in particular Churches:
   
extraordinary ministers receiving Holy Communion apart from the other faithful as though concelebrants;
   association with the renewal of promises made by priests at the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday, as well as other categories of faithful who renew religious vows or receive a mandate as extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion;

   the habitual use of extraordinary ministers
of Holy Communion at Mass
thus arbitrarily extending the concept of
"a great number of the faithful". P
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