St Stephen's Handbook for Altar Servers
Altar serving is important: working as a team with other
ministers, servers have special responsibility which, when well done, help the
whole congregation to pray better and to join in worship as a community.
This handbook will help altar servers to develop a fuller
understanding of what they are doing. It is presented by the Guild of St
Stephen which for over eighty years has been training and assisting altar
servers. If gives in very simple terms an understanding of what the worship of
the Church is, and how the altar server plays a part in it.
The opening chapters give an account of the nature of the
Church as the community of believers, each with their part to play and of the
Mass, the central act of worship. A general chapter o ‘hints on serving' is
followed by a detailed guide to serving at Mass, both in it's simple and it's
solemn history of the Guild and of its patron saints follow. The books concludes
with a section of prayers for servers.
As Cardinal Humne says in his preface, the book is ‘not
only a guide to a correct way of serving, but also a key to a deeper
understanding of what we are really doing when we come together to worship God'