Altar Servers: Preparations before a Liturgy
1. Altar servers should be at the church no later than 30 minutes before the celebration is to begin.
2. When you arrive, sign in on the "sign-in" sheet posted in the sacristy (on the bulletin board just to the left of the mirror.)
3. Introduce yourself to the priest. If he is a visiting priest, ask him:
4. Put on your vestment(s) and make sure your hair is neatly combed and your hands are clean. Long hair must be tied back (to avoid being accidentally caught on fire when lighting or extinguishing the candles.)
a. You should choose an alb that is just above your ankles. (Refer to the height measurements and letter-coded chart on the inside of the closet where the albs are hung.)
b. Tie your cincture around your waist with a butterfly or square knot.
5. Put an altar server cross around your neck, but under the hood of the alb. Please coordinate your cross with the one the crucifer has chosen.
6. Once dressed, start preparing the altar under the direction of the deacon. The crucifer will provide guidance on where to deliver the vessels, when to light the candles, etc. Servers are to carry the vessels to the servers table behind the sanctuary via the side aisle where the stained glass window of Our Lady of Guadalupe is located. Servers stop and bow in reverence at the pillar near the sanctuary area when coming or going to the servers table.
7. When everything is ready, ask the priest to give you a blessing. Then wait quietly and reverently in the sacristy or at the back of the church until it is time for the entrance procession. The priest, deacon and servers should wait near the Easter candle, but out of the main aisle to allow last-minute congregants to be seated.