Last Friday, I had the privilege of distributing Jesus' Precious Body for the first time. Because the priests always distribute Jesus' Body, the EMs most often distribute the Precious Blood. (Lest you think I'm complaining, I most certainly not.)
Yes, I have held Jesus in my hands when I receive Communion in my hands, but because I most often receive on the tongue, I don't have the chance to hold Jesus that often. (I prefer receiving on the tongue because there is less of a chance on dropping a particle. Just a personal preference.)
But on Friday, there was only one priest, so I was assigned to distribute the Precious Body.
It is truly a different experience from distributing the Precious Blood. When you have the opportunity to hold Jesus in your hands, not in a chalice or ciborium but physically in your hands, it is a whole new experience of adoration. I never fully understood what someone meant when he said he used EMing as adoration, but now I do.
I was also assigned to purify the vessels after mass, which I had done about 4 times before. The guy I was purifying with made a comment about what he thought about when distributing the Precious Blood. He said that he always thinks of himself as Veronica, wiping the blood from Jesus' face, because that's essentially what we're doing. Now I have something concrete to meditate on when I distribute under either species.
If you EM, what do you think about as you bring Jesus to the Church?