“Purifying and cleansing the sacred vessels after Mass is a silent, holy time for me. The cool metal of the vessels and the warmth of the water cascading down upon them – these sensations still my mind, slow me down, and evoke wordless prayer. In the stillness and in the action of my hands, I become aware of God’s presence to me. I am the one who is being purified. I am the one who is being cleansed, polished, and made new.
When I approach the altar to receive Communion, I am mindful of the role I played behind the scenes in preparing for the celebration of the Eucharist. At Communion time when I raise the chalice to my lips, my heart is being raised to God. Even if there were only one droplet left to consume, it would be enough for my salvation. Every crumb of a Communion host, every drop of consecrated wine, reminds me that, in my weakness and frequent distraction, I am become an offering in and through Christ – just as I am – that quenches God’s thirst for me.
God is the Ultimate Sacristan. To God I am a fragile, earthen vessel of infinite value. God handles me with prayer.” (Sr Ann Marie Wainwright, Sacristan)
Sr Ann Marie is the sacristan at the Benedictine St Scholastica Monastery, Duluth, Minnesota, USA).
St Scholastica, pray for us
St Benedict, pray for us