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The Catholic Defender: Prayer for the Altar Server

Lord Jesus, thank you for the opportunity to serve You during the Holy Mass. In your Sacred Presence, my heart is filled with joy and peace. May your Spirit always guide me so I may grow in your love by the grace of the Heavenly Father. Amen.

Open my mouth, O Lord, to bless your Holy Name. Cleanse my heart from all evil and distracting thoughts. Enlighten my understanding and inflame my will that I may serve worthily at your Holy altar.

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for letting me come before your altar, so that, with your help, I can praise my Father in heaven as his server. Help me to find joy in serving at your altar. Help me to find gladness in knowing and doing your will in all things.

Serve the Lord, Not the people! To serve and notto be served. Called to serve not to be serve. TO SERVE AND NOT TO BE SERVED. "All for the Honor and Glory of God". It is the motto of a heart of service. Servers must have

Servers carry the cross, the processional candles, hold the book for the priest celebrant when he is not at the altar, carry the incense and censer, present the bread, wine, and water to the priest during the preparation of the gifts or assist him when he receives the gifts from the people, wash the hands of the priest ...

Being an Altar Server also promotes virtues of responsibility, teamwork, and leadership. It cultivates a sense of discipline and order, fosters a spirit of humility and service, and offers a profound sense of fulfillment derived from serving God and the Church community.

Open my mouth, O Lord, to bless your Holy Name.

Cleanse my heart from all evil and distracting thoughts.

Enlighten my understanding and inflame my will that I may serve more worthily at your holy altar.

O Mary, Mother of Christ the High Priest, obtain for me the most important grace of knowing my vocation in life.

Grant me a true spirit of faith and humble obedience so that I may ever behold the priest as a representative of God and willing follow him in the Way, the Truth, and the Life of Christ.


Loving Father, creator of the universe, you call your people to worship, to be with you and with one another at Mass. I thank you for having called me to assist others in their prayer to you. May I be worthy of the trust placed in me and through my example and service bring others closer to you. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ,

who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen. To be Christ's page at the altar, To serve Him freely there, Where even angels falter, Bowed low in reverent prayer. To touch the throne most holy, To hand the gifts for the feast.

To see Him meekly, lowly, Descend at the word of the priest. To hear man's poor petition, To sound the silvery bell, When he in sweet submission, Comes down with us to dwell. No grander mission surely Could saints or men enjoy: No heart should love more purely, Than yours who serve with joy. God bless you child forever,

And keep you in his care. And guard you that you never Belie the robes you wear. For white bespeaks untainted

A heart both tried and true: And red tells love the sainted And holy martyrs knew. Throughout your life, then, endeavor God's graces to do right; And be in heart forever God's witness and God's knight.

O God, You have graciously called me to serve You upon Your altar. Grant me the graces that I need to serve You faithfully and wholeheartedly. Grant too that while serving You, may I follow the example of St. Tarcisius, who died protecting the Eucharist, and walk the same path that led him to Heaven.


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