Altar serving is great honor and a great responsibility to serving the Sacred Mysteries of the Eucharist. It is a guild because of the very old purpose of guilds, which was to bring together a group of craftsmen or artisans in order to perfect their skills. Our craft, our art, is the service of Christ present in the Most Precious Body and Blood of the Sacrifice of the Altar. We commit ourselves to a more faithful and dedicated service, perfecting each action to the greater glory of God and the increased beauty of the Mass.
Generally 4th and 5th graders, this level is the beginning level of the servers. The craft or art of the level 1 is found in the Candlebearer.
The Candlebear is tasked with bringing forth the light which represents the Light of Christ. They also assist with some functions at the altar.
Generally high school or above, this level is the advanced level of servers, having demonstrated expertise in level 1 and 2. Their craft is Missal and Chalice Bearer.
Both directly serve the altar and sanctuary. They ensure the smooth execution of all of the activities of the preparation of the altar.
Generally 6th-8th graders, this level is the intermediate level of the servers. It is arrived at once they demonstrate expertise in Candlebearing. Their craft is the Crossbearer.
The Crossbear leads the procession and the people of God to draw their first attention to the Holy Cross; they assist at the altar.
This level is selected from among the most dedicated and expert servers. It is by invitation only, based on perfection of the previous three levels' crafts.
Called an MC, they direct all of the servers in prayer and movement. They are also in charge of training all of the other levels.
Next Training Session
Soon to be announced.
Interested In this Service?
Contact Deacon Terry Givens for more information.
Also, please fill out this form below.
"Your commitment to the altar is not only a duty, but a great honor, a genuine holy service...you are servers of Jesus Christ, of the eternal High Priest."
[St. John Paul II]