Altar Servers

Altar Servers

How can I become an Altar Server?

Girls and boys who have made their First Communion and who wish to serve at the altar may become altar servers. Candidates will be given training in their duties and will serve with experienced altar servers until they gain confidence.

Candidates are urged to speak with Deacon Rick Lapierre or call the rectory at 568-5272. After training altar servers are assigned to serve at weekend masses on a rotating schedule.

What are the duties of Altar Servers?

Servers carry the cross, the processional candles, hold the book for the priest celebrant when he is not at the altar, carry the incense and censer, present the bread, wine, and water to the priest during the preparation of the gifts or assist him when he receives the gifts from the people, wash the hands of the priest, assist the priest celebrant and deacon as necessary.

Servers respond to the prayers and dialogues of the priest along with the congregation. They also join in singing the hymns and other chants of the liturgy.

Who invented altar servers?

Altar servers have a rich heritage, going back to Jesus himself. In preparation for the Last Supper, Jesus sent two of his disciples to prepare the Passover for Himself and the Twelve. Over the centuries, as ceremonies became more complex and Latin became the language of the Church, specially trained assistants called Acolytes became common. Eventually this evolved into today’s altar servers who love Jesus, love the Mass and want to give their time and talents in the service of God and his Church.

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