St. Henry's Roman Catholic Parish

ARCHDIOCESE OF REGINA

 

 

Altar Server

 

To be or become an altar server is a commitment. There are people counting on you.  First, the priest depends on you.  He needs to know you will be there on time.  He needs to know you are prepared.  You help the priest ensure things go smoothly.  

Remember also the people in the assembly count on you. Without you an important part of prayer leadership is missing.  You have been called to serve.  Your parish is grateful that you have responded to Godís call. I want to thank you for your dedication and time to serve God and our parish community.

Altar Server Dictionary

Sacramentary - the book the priest prays from during the mass at the altar.

 

Lectionary - the book of scriptures read read at the liturgy of The Word

Lector - the person who reads the scriptures during Mass

 

 

 

 

Sanctuary - the sacred space elevated before the congregation

 

 

 

Sacristy - the room where the priest vest before Mass

Vestments - special robes worn by the priest, deacons and altar servers

Alb - white robe worn over street clothes

Cincture - cord used as the belt for the alb

 

 

Chasuble - coloured vestment worn only by the priest

 

 

 

 

 

Cassock - black/red/white vestment worn by altar servers

 

 

 

Altar - the table of the Lord in the sanctuary

Altar Cloth - the table cloth for the Altar, always white

 

 

 

Purificator - small white cloth used with the Chalice

 

 

 

Corporal - small white cloth placed in the center of the Altar over the altar cloth

Altar Vessels - sacred vesels used during the celebration of the Liturgy

Chalice - gold cub used by the priest/eucharistic ministers for the Blood of Christ

 

 

Ciborium - gold cup with a lid for the Body of Christ in the Tabernacle

 

 

 

 

Tabernacle - the ornate receptacle used to place the Body of Christ

 

 

 

 

 

 

Credence Table - the small table to one side off the sanctuary for sacred vessels

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bells - rung during the Consecration of the Mass

 

 

 

 

 

Paschal Candle - the large ornate candle used at funerals, baptism and Easter until Pentacost

 

 

 

 

Procession Cross - the cross carried in and out of the Mass

 

 

 

 

 

Procession Candles - the candles carried in and out of Mass and during the Gospel

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cruets - small pitchers of water and wine for the Mass

 

 

 

 

Finger Bowl - small bowl for priest to wash hand during the Liturgy of the Mass

 

 

Boat - container for Insense

 

 

 

Aspergillum - the Holy Water sprinkler

 

 

 

Sacrarium - this provides for the proper disposal of sacred substances

 

 

 

 

Baptismal Font