Altar Servers

An altar server is a lay assistant to a member of the clergy during a religious service. If you would like to become an altar server, please give one of the priests a ring on 
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In the celebration of Mass, altar servers have the following responsibilities:

 

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Gathering: Altar servers carry the processional cross and candles at the front of the gathering procession. Others may carry incense and athurible

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Opening prayer , if recited at the chair: Usually, an altar server holds the missal, so that the priest has both hands free

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Proclamation of the Gospel: Sometimes candles and/or incense can be carried

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Receiving the gifts of bread and wine: When the priest receiving these gifts, altar servers may assist him by carrying them

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Preparation of the chalice: Altar servers present the cruets of wine and water for the deacon or priest to put in the chalice

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Lavabo: An altar server administers the water to the priest as he ritually washes his hands

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Ceremony of the eucharist: Where customary, altar servers ring bells at important points during the Eucharistic Prayer

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Postcommunion prayer, if said at the chair: As for the opening prayer, an altar server holds the missal in front of the priest

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Ending procession: When the priest and the servers leave the altar, again the processional cross is carried, perhaps with candles