Altar Service


Altar Server Manual – Updated February 2017

Thurifer Procedures – Updated January 2020

The primary role of the altar server is to assist the Presider/Deacon in the celebration of the Mass. This is done through active participation in the liturgy and performance of specific activities. These activities may include: carrying the processional Cross and candles, holding the book for the Presider, singing hymns, responding to prayers, being alert, performing reverently, and sitting/standing at the appropriate times.

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.

The ministry of Altar Server is open to adults and to youth of St. Joan of Arc parish. Youth servers must be in the 5th grade or higher and must have received the Sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist. Adult servers must have received the Sacrament of Confirmation. All altar servers should have a good understanding of the Order of the Mass.

If you desire to become an Altar Server or have questions about the ministry, please contact Randy Vis or the Parish office.

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