Altar Servers originated in the 9th century, when young boys assumed the role of “acolytes” (from the Greek word meaning attendant). Today Servers are not ordained, but are commissioned by their parish priest. Their primary role is to assist the priest during the celebration of the Eucharist. In the Anglican Church, Servers can be male or female, of any age. Some of the roles that Servers fulfill on Sundays include:
- Crucifer: The crucifer is the Server who carries the processional cross and leads the procession in and out of the church, and the Gospel procession.
- Torch Bearers: Servers who carry the candles behind the processional cross are called torch bearers.
- Gospel Bearer: carries the Gospel Book or Bible, and holds it open for the Priest during the reading of the Gospel lesson for the day.
- Altar Server: assists the priest, sets the table for communion, washing the priests hands, and receiving the gifts of bread and wine.
- Chalice Bearer: plays a vital role in helping the priest cultivate an environment in which worship may be celebrated with reverence and awe, by administering the wine to all in the gathered assembly during the Eucharist.
Servers and Chalice Bearers are members of a Guild at St. Jude’s – fellowship, training , encouragement, guidance and preparation for all roles are offered on an ongoing basis. If you would be interested in participating in this capacity in the life of St. Jude’s Church please contact Peter Rughi at loading... .