Service at the altar is directed firstly to God, secondly to the clergy, and thirdly to the people gathered to worship. It is “prayer in action.”
Altar servers strive to make Catholic worship more reverent, efficient, and beautiful.
Good altar servers are not only skilled in their duties at the altar, they are humble and sincere members of a team serving for the glory of God.
At St. John the Baptist, young people are eligible to be trained for service at the altar when they are in 5th grade.
ADDITIONAL SERVER TRAINING DOCUMENTS
SENIOR SERVER TRAINING DOCUMENTS
Senior Server Instructions and Diagrams (Under Construction)
THURIFER TRAINING DOCUMENTS
Thurifer Instructions (Under Construction)
"Dear Altar Servers, When you take part in the Liturgy by carrying out your altar service, you offer a witness to all. The Eucharist is the source and summit of the bond of friendship with Jesus. You are very close to Jesus in the Eucharist, and this is the most important sign of his friendship for each one of us. Do not forget it."
-excerpt from Pope Benedict XVI, Address to Altar Servers