Kerstin_bread2One of the many aspects that makes St. Gabriel’s in New Orleans’ Sunday worship meaningful is the participation of so many parishioners in various ministries. One of these is bread making for the Eucharistic bread.  I take my turn about twice a year for a month to do this loving service.

What a privilege it is to make the very bread that becomes Christ’s Body.   That very loaf becomes the real Presence, and the hungry of spirit are fed with the ordinary staff of life.  That bread was fashioned from the familiar flour, honey, milk, baking soda, water, and salt to feed and nourish many lives. Before I begin the process of making the bread, I pray that Jesus accompany me while I make it, praying that this bread is fashioned for His honor, and that it turns out!

(Sr. Kerstin Maria tutors young children and adults at the Mirabeau Family Learning Center in New Orleans, LA)

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  1. Kathy M on February 5, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    What a wonderful service and enjoyable hobby shared with Christ. Honestly I can say I have never gone to communion and said this taste weird or funny! Rest assured you are fine;) And thank you for help make the feast that fills us spiritually and nutritiously so lovingly!

  2. Joanne Mary on February 5, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    What a beautiful service, Kerstin! Your write-up is very inspiring as well; it’s so you. Thank you for being the reflective sister you are!

  3. Susan M. Missler on February 5, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Thank you for telling us about your privilege of baking bread for the Eucharist, Kerstin! May you continue to be a blessing to the people of the parish in which you minister.

  4. margaret on February 9, 2014 at 4:03 am

    Dear Kerstin,
    You have a ministry of bread for the Christian Community–may the bread you prepare to be your God, bless you s only he/she can. You are a beautiful person and a wonderful sister.
    Irish

  5. Sr. M. Rebeca on February 11, 2014 at 1:18 am

    What a lovely privilege to make this bread and connect all to the Mystical Body, Kristen.

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