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PARISH ALTAR SERVERS
Altar Server's Prayer
Open my mouth, O Lord, to bless Your Holy Name. Cleanse my heart from all evil and distracting thoughts. Enlighten my understanding, and inflame my will that I may serve more worthily at Your holy altar.
O Mary, Mother of Christ the High Priest, obtain for me the most important grace of knowing my vocation in life. Grant me a true spirit of faith and humble obedience so that I may ever behold the priest as a representative of God and willingly follow him in the Way, the Truth, and the Life of Christ.
At his address at the General Audience on August 1, 2001, the 1,000th of his pontificate, Saint Pope John Paul II, 264th successor of St. Peter, reminded the altar servers that they were the beloved servers of Jesus Christ:
The altar server occupies a privileged place in the liturgical celebration. He who serves at Mass, presents himself to a community. He experiences firsthand that Jesus Christ is present and active in every liturgical act. Jesus is present when the community comes together to pray and render praise to God. Jesus is present in the Word of sacred Scripture. Jesus is present above all in the Eucharist under the signs of bread and wine. He acts through the priest who, in the person of Christ, celebrates the holy Mass and administers the sacraments.
Therefore, in the liturgy, you are much more than simple "helpers of the parish priest." Above all, you are servers of Jesus Christ, of the eternal High Priest. Thus, you, altar servers, are called in particular to be young friends of Jesus. Be determined to go deeper and to cultivate this friendship with him. You will discover that in Jesus you have found a true friend for life.
2014 Altar Server Registration Below please find the registration forms for 2014. If you are already an altar server and wish to continue, please select the complete the form listed below as "2014 Altar Server Update". If you wish to become an altar server, please select and complete the form listed below as "2014 Altar Server Registration".