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Recognition of Altar Servers

November 20th, 2016

Today we want to install the altar servers at St. Michael?s, and we will recognize three degrees:

 

1. Angels: these are the servers who have recently begun to serve.

2. Archangels: they have been serving for at least one full year with regular attendance. They show confidence in what they do. They will receive a pin with the figure of the archangel?s wings and the cross.

3. Seniors: It requires three years of service or more, with outstanding accomplishment. They will wear a golden pin with the figure of the Eucharist.

 

They all are required to attend practices at least twice a month. They are expected to help the priest at the celebration of the Eucharist, to be reverent at the altar, and most importantly, to help us to pray by their own attitude of prayer. A server is here not because he wants to be seen, but because he wants to be closer to Jesus and to pray better at Mass.

 

Celebration of recognition

Dear parishioners, these children and youth have come forward to perform the ministry of altar servers for St. Michael?s Parish. They will be entrusted with the duties of preparing the altar for the Eucharist, of assisting other ministers, and helping our parish celebrate the mysteries of our faith in a spirit of reverence and prayer.

To the youth: In this ministry, you must do your best to make our celebrations of Eucharist and other celebrations times of prayer and true worship to our loving God.

 

1. Angels

You will be installed as Angels. Your jobs will be communion plate, book of the Mass, incense boat, and as required by the priest. Now I ask you:

1. Will you attend practices monthly, so that you may learn well your duties and fulfil them properly? - I will.

2. Will you perform your duties with care? - I will.

3. Will you try to be reverent and serious at Mass, as it belongs to such important celebration? - I will.

4. Will you try to be prayerful, so as to make people pray by the way you pray? - I will.

Let us pray.

All praise and glory are yours, loving God;

you sent your Son to be servant to all,

and through him you call us to serve you in your Church.

Look with love upon these members of our parish

and bless + them with the Spirit of reverent service.

Guide them in their tasks of service to your altar,

so that they may lead your people to worship

in a spirit of faith and love.

Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

2. Archangels

Dear friends, you will be installed as Archangels. You have served for more than a year, and have shown improvement in your performance. Your jobs will be candles, bell, cross, and as required by the priest. Now I ask you:

 

1.  Will you attend practices monthly, so that you may improve your skills more and more and make our celebrations beautiful? - I will.

2.  Will you perform your duties with care? - I will.

3.  Will you try to continue to be reverent at Mass, as it belongs to such important celebration? - I will.

4.  Will you try to be prayerful, so as to make people pray by the way you pray? - I will.

Let us pray.

Almighty and Eternal God,

who are pleased to be served

by Angels and Archangels,

grant these children the + grace

to serve you with all their hearts,

so that they may enjoy your friendship

now and always.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Presentation of the pin: Dear children, receive this pin with the wings of the archangel and the cross. Serve always the Lord Jesus, who died on the cross for you, and fly to him with your prayers. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

3. Seniors

Dear youth, you will be installed as seniors. You have served for more than three years at Mass, and have achieved great confidence in the performance of your ministry. Your jobs will be MC, incense, Gospel book, and as required by the priest. Now I ask you:

1. Will you attend practices monthly, so that you may improve your skills more and more and help other servers to learn their jobs? - I will.

2.  Will you continue performing your duties with care? - I will.

3.  Will you try to continue to be reverent at Mass, as it belongs to such important celebration? - I will.

4.  Will you try to be prayerful, so as to make people pray by the way you pray? - I will.

Let us pray.

Lord Jesus Christ,

you have taught us that whoever is the first

must be the servant of all,

and you set yourself as an example

by serving us with your own Body and Blood.

Bless + these servers:

may they continue to receive always

your own Body and Blood at Mass,

and may they give themselves to your service

in everything they do.

Who live and reign for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

Presentation of the pin: Dear youth, receive this pin with the figure of the Eucharist. Reflect on the mystery you serve, and imitate it in your own life. Through Christ our Lord.

 

 

MC ? Special recognition

Two boys, who have been MC many times and have helped many other servers, will receive a special emblem for their service.

Acknowledgments: adults and former servers

We want also today to thank and keep in our prayers those servers that have ministered at St. Michael?s at any time, especially the adults and those youths who have recently gone to college or university.

 

A Personal God

Many times, we find in the Scriptures things that are not easy to accept. Sometimes because they are difficult to understand, other times because they demand from us a change: they challenge us in our opinions or in the way we live. The first reading speaks about condemnation if we do evil, the Psalm speaks about the Judgment Day, St. Paul commands us to work quietly, Jesus says that if we are good we will have problems and be persecuted… “Well, they also speak about good things.” So, what do we do: we get rid of the evil things and stay with what we like? Some people do that. But is that right?

Let me say something that may help us to reflect about this. I will speak first about what dialogue means, and then apply this to our problem.

1. We are proud to live in a culture of dialogue. Dialogue is a good thing, because it is based on the recognition of the dignity of every human person. That does not mean that everything is right just because a human person says it, but that we do not listen to people for who they are to our own eyes, but we listen to what they say. St. Thomas used to say: “It doesn’t matter who says it, but what they say.” He is not wrong because he is a foreigner, but because he is wrong. He is not right because he is my friend, but because he is saying the truth. Also, we are open to dialogue because we understand that we do not know everything, and that the other person may know something that we did not know.

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