Altar servers are chosen from those faithful who display a desire to participate in an intimate way during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It is an extreme privilege to be so close to the altar as our loving Savior, Jesus Christ, becomes truly present in Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. It is wise and necessary for servers to perform all duties with attention, dignity and reverence. Just as Jesus “emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant” servers should set aside their own preferences and attend to every action of the Divine Liturgy.
All actions of the server are woven from signs and symbols whose meanings are rooted in the works of creation and in human culture, specified by events in the Old Testament and revealed in the New Testament. It is imperative that all servers reverently perform their assigned tasks in the prescribed form and manner.