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 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Altar Server. Person of prayer.

The altar server... .
  • 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.
Check out the beautiful video at the foot of the blog, or click on the following title: What It Means To Be An Altar Server

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