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Pope Benedict told a group of two-thousand plus altar servers that they were blessed to be “particularly close to Christ Jesus in the Eucharist. You have the enormous privilege of being close to the altar, close to the Lord.”
The Altar Serving ministry is a self-giving ministry that helps the priest during the Sacred Liturgy or Mass. This ministry is a very powerful ministry that gives laity the opportunity to work close to the altar and the Eucharist itself. It involves prayerful reverence, being an extension of the priest with anything he needs, and serving the community. The altar servers need to arrive before mass to prepare and they need to have received their First Holy Communion. The altar servers gain a better understanding of the Mass by participating in the Mass and being active members in the Sacred Liturgy.