Serve the congregation as the body of Christ
In mass, sometimes the minister (the “presbyter”) is the focal point of communion. He – or in some denominations or regions, she – “presides”, and serves communion for the congregation.
And sometimes, “high churches” elevate the minister as the focal point; through such as architecture, silver and ceremonial robes.
In practice, there is a potential for vanity.
In “high churches,” there is a greater distance between ministers and the congregation: there is ceremony, order, and clothing, for instance.
Yet, this is also appropriate:
- the minister is a member of the body of Christ, and
- the meal matters.
(What does it mean to come together for a meal…?)
The person presiding can “see” the congregation as the body of Christ. The phrase, “This is the body of Christ,” takes on particular meaning.