Liturgical Ministries

 

 

The celebration of the Eucharist is the action of Christ and of the Church, namely, of the holy people united.  It therefore pertains to the whole Body of the Church, manifests it, and has its effect upon it. Indeed, it also affects the individual members of the Church in a different way, according to their different orders, functions, and actual participation. In this way, the Christian people, “a chosen race, a royal Priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession,” expresses its cohesion.  All, therefore, whether ordained ministers or lay Christian faithful, in fulfilling their function or their duty, should carry out solely but totally that which pertains to them.

General Instruction of the Roman Missal

 

 

 

Altar Servers

 

“Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served

but to serve…”  
Matthew 20:28

 

The primary role of the altar server is to assist the priest in the celebration of the liturgy during Mass. This involves presenting or arranging vessels and other items used in the celebrations. Their reverent and efficient service enables other ministers to attend to their own roles while the liturgical actions unfold, with calm, order and appropriate decorum. As members of the assembly who are often visible to all, the altar servers also model good liturgical participation by actively joining in the hymns, prayers and responses of the liturgy, by 'looking alert' and by sitting, standing, or kneeling at the appropriate times.

 

 

 

 

Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion

"Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day".
John 6:54

 


Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (commonly known as Eucharistic Ministers) assist the priest of the parish in distributing Communion at Mass.  There is great joy and satisfaction to participate in this wonderful gift to God's people.  Jesus comes to us as the one who gives Himself to us.  He loves us so much that he gives us a share in his loving self-giving.  When Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion minister Christ’s body and blood to the assembled faithful, they are ministering holy food to holy people in the holiest of all communions.


 

Lectors

"The Lord God has given me a well-trained tongue, That I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them".  
Isaiah 50:4

 


Lectors strive to make the Liturgy of the Word as meaningful as possible for the worshipping assembly by speaking God’s Word as storyteller, telling how God has acted and is acting in our lives. Lectors strive to proclaim God’s Word in a clear and compelling manner so that the worshipping assembly will be inspired to ponder and meditate on God’s words in their daily lives. Lectors also raise the prayers of the faithful to God on behalf of the assembly.


 

Music Ministry


"Sing joyfully to the Lord, all you lands; break forth into song; sing praise".

Psalm 98:4

 

 


The members of the assembly are the primary music-makers in the liturgy, for it is their song of praise and petition.  The goal of the ministry of music is to bring the song of the assembled community to life, and to transform the efforts of everyone present into prayerful song and celebration during the Mass.


 

 

Ushers
"I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”
Matthew 25:35



Ushers are signs of familiarity and welcoming for the worshiping community.  Extending hospitality imitates God’s gracious welcome and furthers the assembly’s ability to worship.  Their role is one of hosting with warmth, friendship, respect, and with a true attitude of service. They assist in seating the congregation, distributing bulletins and worship aids, helping the gift bearers, taking up the collection and preparing the worship space for the next liturgy by clearing the pews of papers and books.




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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