Thank you for serving at the Lord’s altar and for making of this service a real school of learning the faith, and charity toward your neighbor. Thank you also for having begun to respond to the Lord, like the prophet Isaiah, who asked God to send him forth in service.
The following “PRAYER BEFORE SERVING” provided by the “Altar Servers Guild” is prayed by our altar servers at Saint Brigid before each Mass on Saturday evening and Sunday:
FOR YOU BY SERVING HIS NEEDY BROTHERS AND SISTERS.
I NOW ASK YOU TO GIVE ME YOUR HELP
AS I SERVE YOU AND YOUR PEOPLE.
OPEN MY MOUTH TO PRAISE YOU IN WORD AND SONG,
OPEN MY EARS TO HEAR YOUR WORD.
OPEN MY HANDS TO DO YOUR WORK WELL.
TAKE FROM MY HEART ALL EVIL AND DISTRACTING THOUGHTS.
HELP ME TO KNOW WHAT I SHOULD DO, AND TO DO IT WELL.
HELP ME TO SERVE REVERENTLY AT YOUR HOLY ALTAR,
AND SO TO GIVE YOU PRAISE AND GLORY, NOW AND FOREVER. AMEN.
As we reflect on this prayer, we are thankful to have so many dedicated altar servers to assist the priests and deacons at Mass here at Saint Brigid. We are also thankful to the clergy and lay leaders who train our servers and coordinate their schedules. As a faith community, we pray that our servers will continue to grow in their love for the Lord and His Church.