Altar Servers' Guide
PRAYERS TO KNOW
To Parents and Altar Servers
ALTAR SERVER DUTIES
Prayers to Know
Over the years, you’ve become familiar with most of the prayers included in the Mass. Now, as an altar server, you will be saying those prayers each time you assist with the Mass. Although there is no need for you to speak loudly when saying the prayers, you should recite them clearly, in a conversational tone.
Some of the longer prayers are said during the Mass are printed below. Please take the lime to learn them so that you will be fully prepared to assist at the Mass.
I confess to almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned through my own fault (Servers strike breast with closed right hand) in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done, and in what 1 have failed to do; and I ask blessed Mary, ever virgin, all the angels and saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.
The “Gloria” is sung or said on Sundays outside Advent and Lent and on solemnities and feasts. The servers should sing or say the “Gloria” in a firm voice matching their cadence to that of the cantor or priest.
Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father; receive our prayer. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
PROFESSION OF FAITH
On Sundays and solemnities the Creed (Profession of Faith) is recited or sung.
We believe in one God, the Father. The Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, God from God, light from light, true God from true God, begotten not made one in being with the Father. Through him all things are made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven: (all bow during next two lines) by the power of the Holy Spirit he was born of the Virgin Mary. and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered, died, and was buried. On the third day he rose again in fulfillment of the Scriptures, he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. he will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of Life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified, he has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the Forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.
THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who are in heaven, hallowed by thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.