I think every extraordinary minister of Holy Communion and pastors should read the following:
My post yesterday about deacons giving blessings prompted a reader to write:Read the rest here Blessings From Lay People
My question is, as a eucharistic minister, would you have in your repertoire a short blessing that we can use when a non-Catholic or child comes up for a blessing during communion? I use, " May the Lord's blessings come down upon you in abundance" Acceptable?
Well, actually, no. As I replied: technically, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion shouldn't be giving blessings, and I know quite a few priests who think the practice of doing this at communion, even by the ordained, is wrong.
A good explanation comes from Denver's Archbishop Charles Chaput: