Assistance at the altar by servers represents a long liturgical tradition. These servers enhance the quality of the celebration for the whole gathered assembly by taking part in processions and by ensuring that all items required for the celebration are available at the appropriate moments.
Introduction to the Order of Mass, #22
The above statement highlights the ministry of the altar server. The Vatican Council expressed the importance of having a number of ministers, in addition to the priest, for the fullest celebration of the liturgy. In the spirit of the ongoing renewal liturgy requires that Altar Servers are lay men and women, girls and boys, who are designated to assist the priest and the deacon at Mass. Ordinarily, they are responsible for the cross, the candles, the bells, the incense and the censer. They hold the book for the priest at the chair, assist the priest during the preparation of the gifts, lavabo (washing of the hands of the priest). In general, they assist the priest and deacon when necessary. (General Instruction of the Roman Missal – GIRM #100).
It is important that altar servers have an enthusiasm for public prayer and they actively participate in the liturgy as they listen, sing and pray with the entire assembly.
How does one become an Altar Server?
While diocesan constraints do not permit the use of Altar servers during the Covid pandemic, we anticipate the opportunity to again use Altar servers as our state, county and diocese permit.
At St. Saint Simon all children who have celebrated First Eucharist and are in the Fourth grade or higher may sign up to receive Altar Server training. Adult lay men and women who are confirmed may also sign up to receive Altar Server training. Those interested in joining Altar Server ministry should contact Julie Ramirez at firstname.lastname@example.org