Altar Servers enhance the prayerful environment by assisting the Presider whenever the parish gathers to worship. They provide the members of our parish community the opportunity to serve the Church in a meaningful way while growing in their faith. Servers assist at weekend Mass, weddings, funerals, Holy Days of Obligation and Holy Week Services.
It is a great honor and privilege to serve at the Altar of our God as Pope John Paul II indicated in his inspiring address to altar servers on August 1, 2001. In that address the Pope encourages altar servers to understand the responsibility they have in this service to the Church. He said, “The altar server has a privileged place in liturgical celebrations. Those who serve at Mass present themselves to a community. They experience from close at hand that Jesus Christ is present and active in every liturgy . . . In the liturgy you are far more than mere “helpers of the parish priest”. Above all, you are servants of Jesus Christ, the eternal High Priest.”
While assisting at the weekend Masses and other liturgical celebrations, it is important that servers be active participants in the liturgy that they listen, sing, and pray with the entire assembly.
At Annunciation, we encourage our young members (ages 9 and above), teens and adults to consider this ministry. Contact Patrice Morace at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-362-3323 x13 for more infomation.