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The primary role of the altar server is to assist the priest in the celebration of the liturgy during Mass. This is done through specific actions and by setting an example to the congregation by active participation in the liturgy (hymns, responses, etc.), by looking alert and sitting or standing at the appropriate times.
Servers carry the cross, the processional candle(s), hold the book for the priest celebrant when he is not at the altar, carry the incense and censer, present the bread, wine, and water to the priest during the preparation of the gifts or assist him when he receives the gifts from the people, wash the hands of the priest, assist the priest celebrant and deacon as necessary.
Servers should be seated in a place from which they can easily assist the priest celebrant and deacon. The place next to the priest is normally reserved for the deacon. Altar servers must attend every Mass that they have been scheduled and must arrange for a replacement whenever they are unable to attend.
Altar servers are on duty from the time they enter the sanctuary at the start of Mass until they finish cleanup after the end of Mass. During the Mass their duty station is the sanctuary and a server may not leave the sanctuary except as directed by a priest, deacon or bodily necessity.
Altar Server Roles:
Master of ceremonies
This is one of the most experienced server who is able to take charge of the whole ceremony. This server will also deal with problems as they arise in the Mass. If done well then no one will know that any problems have occurred.
This is a senior server who will carry the Thurible. The thurible will be required during the service and it is the job of the Thurifer to have it ready as required. Care must always be taken as a smouldering charcoal fire is used in the thurible that reaches extremely high temperatures.
The server, who carries the processional cross at the beginning and end of the service.
Acolytes serve in pairs, and carry candles at the beginning and end of the Mass, as well as at the gospel.
The boat contains incense that is used in the thurible. It is the boat bearers’ job to make sure that the boat is available when required by the Thurifer.
This server has the job of holding the book of prayer for the priest at the beginning and end of the service. It is this server’s responsibility to make sure that the book is open on the correct page and is held in such a way that the priest can read it with ease.
This server will ring the bells at the consecration. Care is required to ring them at the appropriate moment and to ring them at the correct volume and duration.
The job of this server is to go and lead the procession of the gifts into the church. They also take the collection and place it in front of the Altar.
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