Gift Bearers and Elijah Cup

Gift Bearers

What an honor it is to carry the wine, hosts and offerings to the priest at Mass for consecration! Any occasion can be a time to serve as a Gift Bearer: a birthday, an anniversary, or just a "happy day." Or maybe you would like to bring up the gifts on the memorial of a loved one. Gift Bearers actively participate in the celebration of the Mass by presenting the gifts of Bread and Wine at the altar and require no special skill or permanent ministerial duty, and yet it is a beautiful and significant part of the Mass performed by lay people.

Gift Bearers are scheduled in advance to assist at the mass that they designate as their preference. If interested, please contact Betsy Harris in the parish office at (904) 786-1192 or email bharris@mhrjax.org.

Elijah Cup

The purpose of the Elijah Cup, a blessed chalice, is to provide a focal point for prayer, particularly for an increase in vocations to the priesthood. At the conclusion of each Sunday Mass, the celebrant calls a family, individual, or couple forward to receive the Elijah Cup. They receive a blessing and take the cup home, putting it in a place of honor. Each day for a week, during prayer time (morning, bedtime or at meals), they pray for an increase and perseverance of vocations. The following Sunday they return the Elijah Cup and pass it on to another family, individual or couple.

A prayer journal also travels with the Elijah Cup. Each week the family, individual, or couple that has the cup enters a thought, prayer, or scripture verse. Over time, this diary becomes a spiritual journal for the parish. Praying for vocations is the most powerful way to support vocations.

When we pray for vocations, we lift up to our Father those men and women who He is calling in a very special way. We hope that those who bring the cup home will continue to pray for vocations daily. If interested, please contact Deborah Kayser at (904) 786-5362.