The reserved sacrament (a rather Latin description of the Holy Mysteries reserved for the sick) is kept in a vessel on the Holy Table. It is described as a tabernacle and normally consists of a small model of a church or a metal structure with four columns and a drawer. Inside the drawer are particles of the most precious Body and Blood of Christ.
Each partical is a small cube which has been dried after being intincted with the precious Blood of Christ. If the drawer is empty, please follow these instructions.
- At the next Liturgy save some of the "NI" or "KA" portion of the Lamb
- Cut this portion into cubes as you would for preparing particles for Holy Communion.
- Have an extra discos or plate ready to recieve these newly cut particles of the precious Body.
- Lay out onto the plate all the particles you have cut in rows separately from each other.
- Now take the spear that you have been using and place it in the cup so that you can intinct each particle.
- Repeat until you can see that all the particals have been pierced with the spear and have some precious Blood.
- Now place the star over these and place a chalice veil over it.
- Place the discos or plate with the intincted particles still covered to the right of the tabernacle on the Holy Table.
- Leave these for a few days to dry. (Some bake them)
- Once they are dry and hard, place them carefully into the drawer of the tabernacle.
- Carefully cleanse the discos or plate as you would at the end of the Liturgy,
Fast, if you can, before taking out Holy Communion in case you have to consume the gifts.Only take enough with you for the number of sick communicants, Take a flask of hot wine and water mixed together and some Antidoron which is still fresh and soft (if you can). When you arrive, open the carrying set. Open the red cloth inside and place the small chalice in the centre. Fill it with the hot wine and water from the flask, Then, using the spoon, place one particle into the chalice from the little box (pyx) inside the carrying set so that it can soften whist you do the service. Place the little spoon horizontally onto the chalice. When you are ready, simply adminster the precious Body and Blood to the faithful person. Some ask the communicant to consume the contents of the chalice, others do so themselves, cleansing the spoon. They give the communicant hot wine from the flask in a cup and some antidoron to cleanse their mouths. Take some anoining oil with you in case they are unable to receive Holy Communion.