Altar Servers

Photo courtesy of the Tuscaloosa News/Gary Cosby, Jr.

Altar Servers assist the priest during the Eucharistic Liturgy. This ministry should be conducted with reverence for the Sacred Liturgy and respect towards the other people attending the liturgy.

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Preparation

I. The altar server plans to arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled start time for liturgy.

 

II. Dress

 

The altar server wears an alb. However, this outfit is not meant to hide what the server is wearing underneath. Servers must still dress in a reverent, respectful manner in accord with the ministry they are performing.Therefore, slacks and a nice shirt should be worn. Ladies may also wear a dress or skirt outfit. Nice shoes that allow the servers to easily perform their duties should be worn.

To be avoided – jeans, T-shirts, sneakers.

When the server arrives, the server should go to the sacristy to put on the alb.

III. Prayer

 

After dressing in the alb, the server should take a few moments to pray. The server should mentally review what the server duties are. The server should reflect on the importance and significance of this ministry. The server should pray the altar server prayer hung in the sacristy.

Setup

Altar servers should help setup for the liturgy.
This setup includes:

    1. Lighting the candles

 

  1. Taking the processional cross to the back of the Church readying for the Procession.

Procession

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  • The altar server carrying the processional cross leads the procession at an unhurried pace. This server is followed by the other server(s). These other servers should process two-by-two.

 

  • When the singing begins, the servers begin forward.

 

  • a. At the front of the nave, the cross bearer proceeds directly into the sanctuary to the stand for the cross and places the cross on its stand. The cross bearer then goes directly to one of the server chairs near the Ambo.

    b. The other servers genuflect together as soon as they reach the front of the nave, then go directly to the server chairs near the Ambo.

Introductory Rites

    1. The server brings the Roman Missal from the credence table to the presider’s chair. The server holds it open for the priest during the Penitential Rite. (Optional depending on the priest)

 

    1. After the Penitential Rite, the server returns the Missal to the credence table then returns to the server chair.

 

    1. After the Gloria when the priest says, “Let us pray” the sever brings the Roman Missal from the credence table to the presider’s chair. The server holds it open for the priest until the end of the opening prayer.

 

  1. The server returns the Missal to the credence table then sits down.

Preparation of the Gifts

    1. When the ushers come forward to take up the collection, the altar servers help the Deacon prepare the altar for the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

 

    1. The Roman Missal is placed on the altar with its stand.

 

    1. The chalice and cups with purificators are moved from the credence table to the altar. These are placed on the right hand corporal. Any patens with hosts are placed on the altar on the center corporal.

 

    1. When the table set up is complete, the servers go to the back of the Church by the Baptismal Font to await the gifts being brought forward.

 

    1. When the priest moves forward to receive the gifts, the servers lead the gift bearers forward in the center aisle towards the altar. When they reach the front, they flank the priest and deacon. The priest gives them the gifts. The paten with hosts is placed on the central corporal. The wine is brought to the altar and placed by the right hand corporal. The money is placed under the credence table.

 

    1. The servers immediately bring forward the water. They give it to the deacon (or priest). When the deacon is done with the water and wine, he gives them to the servers. If the deacon gives a slight bow, the servers give a slight bow. The servers then return the water and wine to the credence table.

 

    1. Together the servers immediately bring forward the bowl of water and finger towel. After the priest washes his hands, if the priest gives a slight bow, the servers give a slight bow. The servers then return the bowl of water and finger towel to the credence table.

 

  1. The servers return to their seats.

Communion Rite

    1. The servers receive communion from the Ministers of Communion who will come over and stand by the Ambo.

 

  1. After receiving communion, the servers return to their seats.

Concluding Rite

    1. When the priest stands and says, “Let us pray,” the server brings the Roman Missal from the credence table to the presider’s chair. The server holds it open for the priest until the end of the benediction.

 

  1. The server returns the Missal to the credence table then returns to the server chair.

Communion Rite

    1. The servers receive communion from the Ministers of Communion who will come over and stand by the Ambo.

 

  1. After receiving communion, the servers return to their seats.

Recessional

    1. When the music begins, the cross bearer retrieves the processional cross, precedes up the center aisle a couple of pews, and turns to face the altar.

 

    1. When the cross bearer is in place, the other server(s) move(s) in front of the cross bearer leaving enough room for the priest.

 

    1. When the priest moves forward and genuflects, the servers, other than the cross bearer, genuflect with the priest. The cross bearer does not genuflect while bearing the processional cross.

 

  1. All then turn and recess at an unhurried pace up the center aisle to the vestibule.

Cleanup

After the liturgy is completed, the altar servers help with clean up including:

    1. Putting out the candles

 

    1. Reverently, bringing the paten, chalice with purificator, water and wine cruets, and cups with purificators from the credence table to the sacristy.

 

  1. Removing and hanging up their albs.
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