Altar servers perform most of the functions of the former minor order of ordained clerics known as acolytes from the Greek word akolouthos or attendant. Church writings from the second and third centuries discuss the role of acolytes, giving the office great importance and honor in the history of the Church. Altar servers today are not ordained, but are commissioned by their parish priest.
The primary role of the altar server is to assist the priest in the celebration of the liturgy during Mass. This is done through various tasks including: assisting with the sacramentary when the priest needs to read from it; preparing the altar table; taking care of candles, incense, and cross. The main task of the Altar Server is to model liturgical prayer with grace and reverence and enter wholeheartedly into the public worship of the community.
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