Serving our Community
The Ministry of Altar Servers, sometimes called Acolytes, is among the earliest of all liturgical roles, second only to the ministries of priests and deacons in terms of history and closeness to the altar.
In the early Church, altar servers were usually adult men who were preparing to become deacons and priests. Until the Second Vatican Council, only boys could be servers, because only men could be priests. Today, it is still true that only men can be priests, but now servers do not need to be studying for the priesthood. So, in 1994, the rule was changed to allow girls to assist the priest at Mass and do all the tasks that altar boys have always done.
Prayer Before Serving
Father in heaven, your Son, Jesus Christ, showed his love for you by serving his needy brothers and sisters.
I now ask you to give me your help as I serve you and your people. .
Open my mouth to praise you in word and song. Open my ears to hear your Word. Open my hands to do your work well.
Take from my heart all evil and distracting thoughts. Help me to know what I should do, and do it well.
Help me to serve reverently at your holy altar, and to give you praise and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
Prayer After Serving
Lord Jesus Christ, you are the eternal High Priest. You lead all your saints in heaven and your people on earth in praising God, our Father.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for letting me come before your altar, so that, with your help, I can praise my Father in heaven as his server.
Help me find joy in serving at your altar. Help me find gladness in knowing and doing your will in all things.
Glory to you, Lord Jesus, and to the Father and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and will be for ever. Amen.