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1 Serving at the Altar of God

2 The Acolyte in History The Acolyte as an official office or order in the Church The acolyte as a minor order

3 The Altar Boy Standing in the role of the minor order of acolyte on a parochial level A source of vocations for the Church A way to learn piety

4 The Altar Server Instituted acolytes remain exclusive for males But parochial altar servers are no longer exclusively male

5 Altar Server Duties To facilitate the community in worship To never be a distraction To seek personal holiness along with skills

6 Being on Time Fifteen minutes early Vested, and ready to take instruction

7 Preparing for mass This should be orderly and prayerful

8 Appropriate Attire Dark shoes

9 Decorum Posture & Recollection

10 Silentium

11 Preparation Vesting prayers Prayers before Mass

12 The Sacristy is Sacred Reverence, Silence and Prayer

13 Designs vary The Chalice

14 The paten Patens can also vary in design

15 Chalice & paten Corporal and purificator

16 Corpus Corporal

17 Linen Purificator

18 Optional Pall

19 Chalice veil & Burse Optional

20 The Bells Sanctus Bells or Sacring Bells

21 For Wine & Water Cruets

22 Designs vary Ciborium

23 Designs vary Ciboria

24 The Gifts for offertory Gifts to be brought up

25 Credence Table In or near the sanctuary

26 For Incensing Thurible & Boat

27 Aspersorium & Aspergillum Used occasionally

28 The Cross is our Standard It takes strength to carry The Crucifer

29 The Thurifer Leading the way Someone else may carry the boat

30 Practice Makes Perfect Respect, reverence & skill

31 The Candle Bearers Lighting the way

32 The Procession Orderly moving to the Back of the Church

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34 The Narthex Going to the gathering area Maintaining an attitude of prayer Imposing incense

35 The Nave The main body of the church

36

37 The Sanctuary Genuflection, bowing and reverence

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39 Reverencing the altar When to move Where to go

40 Reverencing the altar A great sign of respect to our Lord Incense represents our prayers

41 Incensing the Altar Depending upon the celebrant and the liturgical day Changes with a deacon present

42 Introductory Rites Sign of the Cross Penitential Rite (most commonly) Gloria (most Sundays)

43 Going to the Priest Where we sit How to hold the book

44 The Liturgy of the Word First reading (usually from the Old Testament) The Responsorial Psalm The epistle reading (from the New Testament) The sequence (rarely) The Gospel Acclamation (usually an Alleluia )

45 Gospel Procession Differs in practice from parish to parish Differs when there is a deacon

46 The Proclamation Of The Gospel It changes with a deacon Incense is an option for added solemnity When & where do people move? Moving together

47 A deacon should proclaim the Gospel If there is no deacon, a concelebrant If there is not concelebrant, then the

48 Incensing the Evangeliary Reverence for the Word of God

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50 Reverencing the Evangeliary Kissing the Book of the Gospels A bishop changes things

51 The Liturgy of the Word Returning to our places after the Gospel Always sitting and moving together The Homily The Creed (Sundays) The Prayers of the Faithful

52 The Offertory Setting the altar It differs with a deacon

53 The Offertory Receiving the Gifts It differs with a deacon

54 The Offertory Preparing the gifts It differs with a deacon

55 Incense & the Offertory An option for the priest Imposing incense Incensing the gifts

56 Incense & the Offertory Bowing, incensing the altar & cross It differs when there is a deacon

57 Offertory Thurifications Incensing the celebrant and concelebrants Incensing the people

58 Offertory Rite The lavabo follows the incensing

59 Secret The faithful should be standing for the prayer over the gifts

60 The Eucharistic Prayer The Preface The Sanctus Various Eucharistic Prayers

61 The Eucharistic Prayer If there is incense, one should move into position at the Sanctus

62 Epiclesis Possible place for Bells

63

64 First Elevation Possible place for bells Possible place for incense Three ducti

65 Second Elevation Possible place for bells Possible place for incense Three ducti It changes with a deacon

66 Per Ipsum If there was incense, one should move out of position after the Great Amen

67 The Lord s Prayer Sung or recited Soberly offered

68 The Sign of Peace The Kiss of Peace Optional but normal Sober

69 The Lamb of God Fraction Rite

70 Holy Communion Receiving the Eucharist

71 Purifying the Vessels By the deacon or priest At the altar or credence table

72 Clearing the Altar Helping the deacon or priest

73 Reposing the Sacrament Showing appropriate reverence

74 Invitation to prayer Moving together Not being a distraction

75 Post Communion Prayer Closing Prayer Holding the book

76 Final Blessing Sometimes solemn The celebrant may need the book

77 Moving into position Move quickly Stand and wait for the celebrant

78 Recessional Moving together

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83 In the End Prayer of thanksgiving Helping the sacristan Leaving a clean sanctuary Leaving the closet tidy Extinguishing the candles?

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