- by one's selfless service, points others to God.
- finds joy in disappearing into the Liturgy so that only Christ may be seen. I.e., embodies silence and stillness so that people are not distracted by fidgeting, etc.
- wears appropriate attire. Typically, black dress shoes and dark socks, dress pants or slacks (with belt), t-shirt (so the collar doesn't show if wearing a cassock) or white dress shirt if wearing a white alb. No running shoes!
- washes one's hands before donning the cassock or alb.
- supports the pastor with daily prayers and, while focussing primarily on God, offers silent prayers for the priest during the Mass for a good and holy liturgy.
- when called upon, helps the sacristan to prepare the sanctuary for the celebration of Holy Mass.
- reads the readings of the Mass ahead of time to be able to serve with a certain recollection and focus during Holy Mass.
- asks God to bless one's service.
- keeps one's eyes and ears open and is attentive, anticipating when necessary those moments in the Mass that require one's assistance.
- at a minimum, goes to confession monthly.
- would do well to ask his priest to offer a Mass for the servers, the servers' parents and anyone who contributes to the preparations for Holy Mass.
- gives thanks for the support of parents and friends who serve with him.
- occasionally, circumstances permitting, hosts an evening of refreshments and snacks for the other altar servers.
- gives thanks to God to be able to serve at the holy altar of God and to be so close to the Holy Eucharist.
We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, He draws us to Himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”―Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.
So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter.—2 Thessalonians 2:15