Server prefect training Revised

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Advanced training for older servers in the rubrics of the Roman Missal Third Edition as well as the General Instruction of the Roman Missal

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Server prefect training Revised

  1. 1. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Leaders of Prayer for the Community
  2. 2. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING
  3. 3. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING  Qualities of the Prefect:
  4. 4. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING  Qualities of the Prefect:  The Prefect is the Leader of Prayer
  5. 5. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING  Qualities of the Prefect:  The Prefect is the Leader of Prayer  The Prefect leads by good example at Mass and in life
  6. 6. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING  Qualities of the Prefect:  The Prefect is the Leader of Prayer  The Prefect leads by good example at Mass and in life  The Prefect assists in training the other Servers
  7. 7. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING  Qualities of the Prefect:  The Prefect is the Leader of Prayer  The Prefect leads by good example at Mass and in life  The Prefect assists in training the other Servers  The Prefect has knowledge and understanding of the Mass
  8. 8. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Reminders: The people also look up to the Prefect
  9. 9. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Reminders: The people also look up to the Prefect The Prefect can set the tone of prayer for the congregation
  10. 10. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Reminders: The people also look up to the Prefect The Prefect can set the tone of prayer for the congregation The Prefect assists the Priest at the altar when necessary
  11. 11. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING  Serving reminders:  It is important to 'look alert' at all times during the Mass, not slouching when sitting or looking around unnecessarily.
  12. 12. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING  Serving reminders:  It is important to 'look alert' at all times during the Mass, not slouching when sitting or looking around unnecessarily.  When seated, pay attention to the liturgical action
  13. 13. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING  Serving reminders:  It is important to 'look alert' at all times during the Mass, not slouching when sitting or looking around unnecessarily.  When seated, pay attention to the liturgical action  Feet should be flat on the floor and hands should be flat on your lap
  14. 14. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING  Serving reminders:  Folded Hands When not seated, hands should be folded as follows: 1. Palms and fingers together at chest level, pointed at a 45 degree angle 2. Left thumb over the knuckle of the right thumb
  15. 15. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING  Serving reminders:  Sign of the Cross 1. Folded hand position (keeping left hand on chest) 2. Keeping fingers together, touch the head (Father), above stomach (Son), left shoulder (Holy) to right shoulder (Spirit) 3. Return to folded hands position.
  16. 16. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING  Serving reminders: Genuflection This is a sign of reverence shown to the Blessed Sacrament, exposed on the altar or in the Tabernacle. One should genuflect when entering the church (at one's seat), when leaving and if crossing in front of the Blessed Sacrament. If no Tabernacle is present, a reverent, deep bow to the altar is appropriate. To genuflect... 1. Stand still with body erect 2. Kneel with the right leg (move the right leg back slightly, touching the knee to the floor) 3. After a brief pause, return to upright position
  17. 17. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING  Serving reminders: Genuflection: 4. When the Blessed Sacrament is exposed, a double genuflection (where the left knee is brought to the floor after the right knee, then raised first), is used 5. At each step of this process, a brief, distinct pause should be included
  18. 18. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Serving reminders: Carrying the Cross Walking at a moderate, dignified pace ... 1. Hold the cross straight, with the corpus (Body of Christ) directly forward
  19. 19. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Serving reminders: Carrying the Cross Walking at a moderate, dignified pace ... 1. Hold the cross straight, with the corpus (Body of Christ) directly forward 2. Approach the altar and stop. Wait for the candle-bearers to line up on each side of you. Bow your heads At the same time toward the tabernacle and altar.
  20. 20. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Serving reminders: Carrying the Cross Walking at a moderate, dignified pace ... 1. Hold the cross straight, with the corpus (Body of Christ) directly forward 2. Approach the altar and stop. Wait for the candle-bearers to line up on each side of you. Bow your heads At the same time toward the tabernacle and altar. 3.Proceed to the appropriate side to place the cross in the sacristy.
  21. 21. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING  Serving reminders: Carrying a Candle There are two candle bearers... 1. Walk on opposite sides of the cross bearer, carrying the candles straight 2. The outside hand should be at the knob (near the top) of the candle holder, with the other hand under the base
  22. 22. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING  Serving reminders: Holding a Missal: The book should be held as steadily and as high as possible in the position directed by the priest. One hand should support the weight of the book in the middle to avoid unnecessary movement. Keep your head and eyes down: don’t stare at the celebrant. If the Missal is too heavy, you can rest it on your forehead.
  23. 23. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING  Serving reminders: Bells:
  24. 24. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING  Serving reminders: Bells:  Bells are rung three times during the Mass-
  25. 25. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING  Serving reminders: Bells:  Bells are rung three times during the Mass-  Once at the Epiclesis (when the priest puts out his hands over the gifts
  26. 26. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING  Serving reminders: Bells:  Bells are rung three times during the Mass-  Once at the Epiclesis (when the priest puts out his hands over the gifts  Three times at the elevation of the Eucharist
  27. 27. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING  Serving reminders: Bells:  Bells are rung three times during the Mass-  Once at the Epiclesis (when the priest puts out his hands over the gifts  Three times at the elevation of the Eucharist  Three times at the elevation of the chalice
  28. 28. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING  Serving reminders:  Incensation:
  29. 29. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING  Serving reminders:  Incensation: 1. The four times for using incense are...
  30. 30. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING  Serving reminders:  Incensation: 1. The four times for using incense are... ... the altar before Mass begins
  31. 31. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING  Serving reminders:  Incensation: 1. The four times for using incense are... ... the altar before Mass begins ... Before the reading of the Gospels
  32. 32. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING  Serving reminders:  Incensation: 1. The four times for using incense are... ... the altar before Mass begins ... Before the reading of the Gospels ... gifts, altar, servers, celebrants and congregation during the preparation of the gifts
  33. 33. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING  Serving reminders:  Incensation: 1. The four times for using incense are... ... the altar before Mass begins ... Before the reading of the Gospels ... gifts, altar, servers, celebrants and congregation during the preparation of the gifts ... Body and Blood of Christ after each is elevated
  34. 34. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING  Serving reminders:  Carry the thurible in the right hand (left hand on chest) holding the chain just below the top to the right side with a gentle swinging motion
  35. 35. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING  Serving reminders:  Carry the thurible in the right hand (left hand on chest) holding the chain just below the top to the right side with a gentle swinging motion  Carry the boat to the right of the thurible carrier in the right hand, or in the left hand if carrying both
  36. 36. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING  Serving reminders:  Carry the thurible in the right hand (left hand on chest) holding the chain just below the top to the right side with a gentle swinging motion  Carry the boat to the right of the thurible carrier in the right hand, or in the left hand if carrying both  Transfer thurible to left hand prior to the celebrant adding incense, using the chain to raise the lid. Make a head bow before giving and after receiving the thurible
  37. 37. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING  Serving reminders:  5. To incense... ... Transfer the end of the chain to your left hand, grasping the chain with the right six inches above the cup ... Raise the right hand to the chin, twelve inches from the body, the chain lying on the index finger secured by the thumb ... Swing with the arm and hand smoothly ... Bow the head before and after the start of each set of swings ... The Blessed Sacrament and the Celebrant gets three distinct swings, the deacon, the ministers and congregation two
  38. 38. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING  ... The celebrant is incensed after he has incensed the altar, before washing his hands ... When incensing the congregation, swing center, left and then right separately ... The boat bearer adds incense to the thurible at the end of the 'Sanctus‘ [Holy, Holy, Holy], and the thurifer goes to the center, genuflects to the Sacrament and turns and kneels in front of the altar ... Each elevation is incensed three swings
  39. 39. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING  6. Benediction: after the celebrant incenses the Sacrament, the thurifer takes the thurible and kneels about three feet behind the celebrant. Three double swings accompanying each movement of the Sacrament. The servers remain kneeling until the Sacrament is reposed
  40. 40. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING LITURGICAL RULES AND PRACTICES  The celebration of Mass is the action of Jesus and the People of God
  41. 41. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING LITURGICAL RULES AND PRACTICES  The celebration of Mass is the action of Jesus and the People of God  The Mass is the center of the whole Christian life
  42. 42. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING LITURGICAL RULES AND PRACTICES  The celebration of Mass is the action of Jesus and the People of God  The Mass is the center of the whole Christian life  The Mass is the center of the Church’s life and of the life of each individual -GIRM #16
  43. 43. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Preparation for Mass  Be at church early enough to learn about any changes for that day’s Mass, especially for a Holy Day or Feastday such as Christmas or Easter
  44. 44. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Preparation for Mass  Check the credence table to be sure that everything needed for the Mass is in place
  45. 45. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Preparation for Mass  Check the credence table to be sure that everything needed for the Mass is in place  The items used for Mass include:
  46. 46. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Preparation for Mass  The chalice with the purificator, paten, host, pall and corporal  (GIRM #118)
  47. 47. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Preparation for Mass  A ciborium on the credence table if the Mass will have a lot of people
  48. 48. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Preparation for Mass  A ciborium on the credence table if the Mass will have a lot of people  A ciborium on the table in the back of the church for the Procession of the Gifts (GIRM #118)
  49. 49. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Preparation for Mass  Two cruets, one with water and one with wine of there is no offertory procession.
  50. 50. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Preparation for Mass  Two cruets, one with water and one with wine of there is no offertory procession.  If there is to be an offertory procession, the cruet with wine is put on the table in the back of the church with the ciborium. (GIRM #118)
  51. 51. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Preparation for Mass  The pitcher, bowl and towel for the washing of the hands
  52. 52. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Preparation for Mass  The pitcher, bowl and towel for the washing of the hands  The container of water if there is to be the sprinkling rite (asperges) or on Easter Sunday for the renewal of baptismal promises (GIRM #118)
  53. 53. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Preparation for Mass  The Missal set to the Mass of the day, which is found in the Ordo and placed on the credence table
  54. 54. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Preparation for Mass  The Missal set to the Mass of the day, which is found in the Ordo and placed on the credence table  The small Missal for the chair is placed on the book bearer’s chair (GIRM # 118)
  55. 55. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Preparation for Mass Duties of the Book Bearer  The book bearer should be chosen before Mass  This can be any server  The book bearer is responsible for the following actions at Mass:
  56. 56. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Preparation for Mass  Bringing the Missal to the celebrant for the opening prayer NOTE: This is usually done after the Gloria, except in the seasons of Lent and Advent when the Gloria is not recited
  57. 57. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Preparation for Mass  The Gloria…is sung or said on Sundays outside Advent and Lent, and also on solemnities and Feasts, and at particular celebrations of a more solemn character. (General Instruction of the Roman Missal)
  58. 58. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Preparation for Mass  In the seasons of Advent and Lent, the Collect (Opening Prayer) is said directly after the Penitential Rite
  59. 59. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Preparation for Mass  The Book Bearer brings the Missal to the priest, or the acolyte who is setting the altar.  The Book Bearer hands the Missal to the minister at the altar: servers do not put anything on the altar themselves
  60. 60. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Preparation for Mass  “The acolyte is instituted for service at the altar and to assist the Priest and Deacon. It is his place principally to prepare the altar and the sacred vessels…” (GIRM # 98)
  61. 61. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING  Preparation for Mass  “In the absence of an instituted acolyte, lay ministers may be deputed to serve at the altar and assist the priest and the deacon” (GIRM # 100)  In the parishes of St. Mary and St. Ignatius, these ministers are the servers and the Prefects
  62. 62. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Preparation for Mass  The Prefect should make sure that all is in place before the Mass begins
  63. 63. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Preparation for Mass  The Prefect should make sure that all is in place before the Mass begins  Be sure that the altar candles are lit before preparing for the Entrance Procession
  64. 64. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Preparation for Mass  We will prepare to serve at Mass by reciting the Altar Server Prayer before Mass
  65. 65. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Preparation for Mass  Open my mouth, O Lord, to bless Your holy Name. Cleanse my heart of all evil and distracting thoughts. Enlighten my understanding, and enflame my will that I may serve worthily at your Holy Altar. O Mary, Mother of Christ the High Priest, obtain for me the important grace of knowing my vocation in life. Grant me a true spirit of faith, and humble obedience so I may ever behold the priest as the representative of Christ and willingly follow him in the way and the truth and the life of Christ. Amen.
  66. 66. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING The Entrance Procession  “When the people are gathered, the Priest and ministers, wearing sacred vestments, go in procession to the altar in this order:  The thurifer carrying a smoking thurible if incense is being used (GIRM #120)
  67. 67. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING The Entrance Procession  The ministers who carry lighted candles, and between them an (instituted) acolyte or other minister with the cross (GIRM #119) In the parishes of St. Ignatius and St. Mary, the other ministers are the Server Prefect or Senior Server
  68. 68. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING The Entrance Procession  “The procession assembles: (thurifer), cross bearer, candle bearers, lector or deacon (carrying the Book of the Gospels)… (Ceremonies of the Modern Roman Rite #248)
  69. 69. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING The Entrance Procession  Liturgical practice and tradition calls for the cross and candles together in the procession.  The processional cross is only used when there are servers to escort the cross with candles.  The only exception to this rule is the funeral liturgy when there are not enough servers to carry candles.
  70. 70. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING The Entrance Procession  “Ministers carrying the processional cross or candles bow their heads instead of genuflecting” as they approach the altar. (GIRM #274)
  71. 71. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING The Entrance Procession  The (servers) and other ministers (GIRM #119)
  72. 72. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING The Entrance Procession  The priest who is to celebrate the Mass (GIRM #119)
  73. 73. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING ] Thurifer X U X Candle bearer *Crucifer *Candle bearer W W W W Other servers W W Other ministers v v Concelebrants & Deacon with the Book of the Gospels o Celebrant
  74. 74. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Incensation  “Incense may be used…at the beginning of Mass, to incense the cross and the altar.” (GIRM #376)
  75. 75. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Incensation  “The altar is incensed in the following way…the celebrant bows to the altar and proceed to incense it, turning to the right, then walking around it…If the cross is suspended above or placed behind the altar…it is incensed when (he) arrives at the center of the front of the altar. (Ceremonies of the Modern Roman Rite #378)
  76. 76. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Incensation  The thurifer should go to the side of the altar with the MC or the Prefect until the priest kisses the altar. As soon as the celebrant stands up, the thurifer and boat bearer should approach him and raise the thurible for the celebrant to put incense onto the coal.
  77. 77. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Incensation  The MC accompanies the celebrant around the altar for the incensation as the thurifer waits for them at the side of the altar. When the celebrant returns to the back side of the altar, the thurifer approaches to take the thurible from him and put it on the stand.
  78. 78. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Collect (Opening Prayer)  “A server holds the missal open before the celebrant…”  At the end of the Collect, “The server closes the book, bows and takes it away.” (Ceremonies of the Modern Roman Rite #255)
  79. 79. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Ceremonial Action: Bowing  “There are two bows in the modern Roman Rite: the bow of the body…and the bow of the head. (Ceremonies of the Modern Roman Rite #201; GIRM #275)
  80. 80. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Ceremonial Action: Bowing  A bow of the body is made to the altar when the Blessed Sacrament is not on or behind it, to the celebrant, before and after an incensation and when it is specified in various rites.” (Ceremonies of the Modern Roman Rite #202; GIRM #274, #275)
  81. 81. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Ceremonial Action: Bowing  A bow of the head is made at the mention aloud of the three Divine Persons (Glory be to the Father, etc.), at the holy names of Jesus, Mary and the saint whose feastday is being celebrated (Ceremonies of the Modern Roman Rite #203; GIRM #274, #275)
  82. 82. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Ceremonial Action: Bowing  A slight bow also expresses mutual respect and gratitude before and after receiving an object or being assisted in some way during a ceremony.  We bow to the celebrant and to any other minister, such as the deacon or another server, when giving something to them or receiving something from them. (Ceremonies of the Modern Roman Rite #203; GIRM #274, #275)
  83. 83. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Liturgy of the Word  “At the “table of the word”, God speaks to His people. Through the ministry of the word, Christ is present among us.” (Ceremonies of the Modern Roman Rite #256)
  84. 84. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Liturgy of the Word  During the first reading, the singing of the psalm and the second reading, the servers sit, hands on their laps, and listen to the readings of the day.  The Prefect should be attentive to the celebrant or MC in case anything is needed during this time.
  85. 85. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Liturgy of the Word The Gospel Procession  “…if incense is used, the priest puts some in the censer…The Priest then proceeds to the ambo, accompanied, if appropriate, by ministers with incense and candles” (Rubrics of the Roman Missal #14)
  86. 86. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Liturgy of the Word The Gospel Procession  “Having bowed to the altar, (the priest) takes up the Book of the Gospels which was placed upon it…he proceeds to the ambo… (GIRM #175)
  87. 87. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Liturgy of the Word The Gospel Procession  “…He is preceded by a thurifer, carrying a thurible with smoking incense, and by servers with lighted candles.” (GIRM #175)
  88. 88. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Liturgy of the Word The Gospel Procession  “…at the words, A reading from the Holy Gospel…(the priest) signs the book with his thumb and, afterwards, himself on his forehead, mouth and breast. He incenses the book and proclaims the Gospel reading.” (GIRM # 134)
  89. 89. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Liturgy of the Word The Gospel  “During the Gospel all stand and turn towards the ambo to honor Christ in his word. The candle bearers stand on either side of the ambo.” (GIRM #134; Ceremonies of the Modern Roman Rite #262)
  90. 90. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Liturgy of the Word The Gospel  During the reading of the Gospel, the thurifer stands behind and to the right of the Priest.
  91. 91. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Liturgy of the Word: The Gospel Thurifer MC ] v Priest & XnX Candle Bearer Ambo Candle Bearer
  92. 92. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Liturgy of the Word: The Creed  After the homily, all stand to recite the Creed, which is to be said on all Sundays and solemnities.  “All bow deeply at “by the Holy Spirit…man.” All kneel at these words on the solemnities of Christmas and the Annunciation.” (GIRM #68; Ceremonies of the Modern Roman Rite #265)
  93. 93. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Liturgy of the Eucharist Preparation of the altar  “After the Prayer of the Faithful…the Acolyte or Priest prepares the altar.” (GIRM #178)
  94. 94. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Liturgy of the Eucharist Preparation of the altar  “The celebrant and people sit while the celebrant or acolyte prepares the altar. (Ceremonies of the Modern Roman Rite #270)
  95. 95. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Liturgy of the Eucharist Preparation of the altar  Meanwhile the ministers place the corporal, the purificator, the chalice, the pall and the Missal on the altar. (Rubrics of the Roman Missal #21)
  96. 96. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Liturgy of the Eucharist Preparation of the altar  The book bearer brings the Missal to the altar and hands it to the Acolyte.
  97. 97. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Liturgy of the Eucharist The Offertory Procession  “It is appropriate for the faithful’s participation to be expressed by an offering…of the bread and wine for the celebration of the Eucharist…” (GIRM #140)
  98. 98. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Liturgy of the Eucharist The Offertory Procession  “The offerings of the faithful are received by the priest, assisted by the acolyte or other minister. ” (GIRM #140)
  99. 99. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Liturgy of the Eucharist The Offertory Procession  “Servers should take the bread and wine…to the altar or credence table. (The priest) should not have to carry anything himself to the altar.” (Ceremonies of the Modern Roman Rite #272)
  100. 100. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Liturgy of the Eucharist The Offertory Procession  The server who receives the ciborium proceeds to the altar and hands the ciborium to the Acolyte or celebrant, who then places it on the altar.
  101. 101. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Liturgy of the Eucharist The Offertory Procession  The server who receives the cruet of wine proceeds to the credence table, removes the top of the cruet and waits for the other server to take the water cruet to the altar
  102. 102. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Liturgy of the Eucharist Preparation of the Gifts  The priest, standing at the altar, takes the paten with the bread and, holding it slightly raised above the altar, says inaudibly:  Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the bread we offer you: fruit of the earth and work of human hands, it will become for us the bread of life. (Rubrics of the Roman Missal #23)
  103. 103. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Liturgy of the Eucharist Preparation of the Gifts  Then (the priest) places the paten with the bread on the corporal…the…Priest pours wine and a little water into the chalice, saying quietly:  By the mystery of this water and wine may we come to share in the divinity of Christ, who humbled himself to share our humanity (Rubrics of the Roman Missal #23)
  104. 104. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Liturgy of the Eucharist Preparation of the Gifts  The rubrics call for the wine to be presented first and then the water.  Make sure that the server with the wine cruet offers the wine before the server with the water.
  105. 105. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Liturgy of the Eucharist Preparation of the Gifts  After the gifts have been prepared the priest places the chalice on the corporal and bows to say: “With humble spirit and contrite heart may we be accepted by you, O Lord, and may our sacrifice in your sight this day be pleasing to you, Lord God.”
  106. 106. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Liturgy of the Eucharist Preparation of the Gifts  When you see the celebrant bow at the altar, be ready with the pitcher, bowl and towel to go to the altar so he can wash his hands, unless incense is used.
  107. 107. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Liturgy of the Eucharist Preparation of the Gifts  “If incense is used, the priest then puts some in the thurible, blesses it without saying anything, and incenses the offerings, the cross and the altar.” (GIRM #144)
  108. 108. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Liturgy of the Eucharist Preparation of the Gifts  “A minister, while standing at the side of the altar, incenses the priest, then the people.” (GIRM #144)
  109. 109. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Liturgy of the Eucharist  After offering the gifts, or after incensing the gifts, the rubrics tell us:  Next the priest stands at the side of the altar and washes his hands, saying quietly:  Wash me, O Lord, from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.  (Rubrics of the Roman Missal #28)
  110. 110. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Liturgy of the Eucharist  After the washing of the hands, the servers put the bowl, towel and pitcher on the credence table and go to their seats for the Eucharistic Prayer.
  111. 111. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Liturgy of the Eucharist  When spreading out the corporal, make sure that the folds and creases are down so that when it is folded up any particles of the Host may be folded inside the cloth
  112. 112. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Liturgy of the Eucharist The Eucharistic Prayer  If incense is to be used at the consecration, the thurifer puts some incense into the thurible at the beginning of the “Holy, holy, holy” and then goes to kneel on the middle step to the right side of the altar.
  113. 113. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Liturgy of the Eucharist The Eucharistic Prayer  “A little before the consecration, when appropriate, a server rings a bell as a signal to the faithful.” (GIRM #150)
  114. 114. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Liturgy of the Eucharist The Eucharistic Prayer  “(All kneel) for the consecration, at the epiklesis…when a server sounds the bell.” (Ceremonies of the Modern Roman Rite #402)
  115. 115. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Liturgy of the Eucharist The Eucharistic Prayer  “Epiklesis” is a Greek word that refers to the calling down of the Holy Spirit on the gifts of bread and wine on the altar.
  116. 116. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Liturgy of the Eucharist The Eucharistic Prayer  We know that the Holy Spirit is present when the celebrant holds his hands out over the bread and wine on the altar, a gesture of sacrifice representing the descent of the Holy Spirit
  117. 117. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Liturgy of the Eucharist The Eucharistic Prayer  “If incense is being used, when the host and the chalice are shown to the people after the Consecration, a minister incenses them.” (GIRM #150)
  118. 118. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Liturgy of the Eucharist The Eucharistic Prayer  “…the thurifer incenses the Blessed Sacrament at each elevation…the M.C. or boat bearer helps to prepare incense. (Ceremonies of the Modern Roman Rite #403)
  119. 119. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Liturgy of the Eucharist The Eucharistic Prayer  “At each elevation (a server) may ring the bell” (Ceremonies of the Modern Roman Rite #403)  “A little before the Consecration…a minister rings a small bell as a signal to the faithful. The minister also rings the small bell at each elevation by the Priest…” (GIRM #150)
  120. 120. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING The Lord’s Prayer and the Sign of Peace  All stand to recite the Our Father together with hands in the prayer position.  At the Sign of Peace, servers give the sign of peace to each other
  121. 121. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING The Lord’s Prayer and the Sign of Peace  The Priest may give the Sign of Peace to the ministers but always remains within the sanctuary, so that the celebration is not disrupted.  GIRM # 154
  122. 122. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING The Lord’s Prayer and the Sign of Peace  Then, if appropriate, the Deacon, or the Priest adds:  Let us offer each other the sign of peace  And all offer one another a sign, in keeping with local customs, that expresses peace, communion and charity. The Priest gives a sign to a Deacon or minister. (Rubrics of the Roman Missal # 129)
  123. 123. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Communion  The servers and Prefects approach the altar only after the Priest has received Communion and then receive Communion before returning to their seats
  124. 124. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Communion  The Missal is left on the altar until the Celebrant is finished cleansing the vessels after Communion
  125. 125. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Communion  When the celebrant and ministers leave the sanctuary to distribute the Blessed Sacrament, the servers and Prefect go to their kneelers or seats and use this time to pray.
  126. 126. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Communion  “When distribution of Communion is finished, the priest himself immediately consumes at the altar any consecrated wine that happens to remain; as for any consecrated hosts that are left…(he) carries them to the place designated for the reservation of the Eucharist.” (GIRM #163)
  127. 127. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Communion For St. Mary’s Servers  If servers are seated or standing nearby when the priest and other ministers return to the altar after Communion, they should stand and when the celebrant brings the ciboria to the Tabernacle.  They should face the Lord in their presence (that is, while facing the Tabernacle) and genuflect with the priest before he closes the Tabernacle door.
  128. 128. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Purifications  “…standing at the altar…(the Priest) purifies the paten or ciborium over the chalice, then purifies the chalice…and dries (it) with a purificator. If the vessels are purified at the altar, they are carried to the credence table…” (GIRM # 163)
  129. 129. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Purifications  When the Eucharist is reposed in the Tabernacle, the servers should be immediately ready to bring the cruet(s) with water to the altar for the purification of the vessels.  The servers approach the Priest and hand him the cruet, waiting until it is handed back. The server then bows and puts the cruet back on the credence table.
  130. 130. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Purifications  Usually the Extraordinary Ministers wait for the vessels at the altar, receive them from the priest and return them to the credence table. If there are no Extraordinary Ministers, or if there are not enough Eucharistic Ministers, the servers should be prepared to receive the vessels and place them on the credence table. The Prefect should be aware of the situation and be prepared to direct the other servers to assist when necessary.
  131. 131. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Purifications  Remember: as soon as the Blessed Sacrament is reposed in the Tabernacle, it is permissible to be seated.  A period of quiet prayer follows.  If there is to be a procession at the end of Mass, the candle bearers and the crucifer go to the sacristy and prepare the cross and candles when the Priest stands to say the Prayer after Communion
  132. 132. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Prayer After Communion  Standing at the chair, the celebrant recites the prayer after Communion. (GIRM # 165)  The Book Bearer should be ready after Communion to bring the Missal to the chair for the Communion Prayer.
  133. 133. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Concluding Rites  “When the prayer after Communion is concluded, brief announcements to the people may be made.” (GIRM # 166)  If there are announcements to be made, the Book Bearer may step back and hold the book down until the celebrant is ready to give the blessing.
  134. 134. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Concluding Rites  “Then the priest, extending his hands, greets the People…he makes the Sign of the Cross over the people…On certain days and occasions this blessing …is expanded and expressed by a prayer over the People or another more solemn formula.” (GIRM # 167)  The Prefect should be aware of the solemnity of the celebration and if there is a special blessing at the end of Mass. The Book Bearer should be informed of this before going to the chair.
  135. 135. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Recessional  As soon as the Priest approaches the altar for veneration at the end of Mass, the Book Bearer, crucifer, candle bearers and other servers should go immediately to the center aisle and form the procession facing the altar so that when they turn around to leave, the procession is in the correct order.
  136. 136. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Recessional  It should be remembered that if you have something in your hands, a bow of the head toward the altar and Tabernacle is required. If you have nothing in your hands, genuflect, going down on your right knee. Either of these actions should be done along with the celebrant.
  137. 137. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING Recessional  Remember that the procession does not end until we reach the sacristy, so we should maintain our liturgical posture until then
  138. 138. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING After Mass  After Mass, we will pause to say the Altar Server Prayer After Mass together in the sacristy
  139. 139. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING After Mass O Lord Jesus Christ, eternal high priest, I thank you for the privilege of having served at your Holy Altar. Now as I put aside the garments of that service I ask that I may at all times think of you. May I ever seek you and find you. May I always follow you. Ever ready in your service, may I always come to do your will in all things and by your grace persevere until the end. Amen.
  140. 140. SERVER PREFECT TRAINING After Mass After the hymn has finished it is the duty of the Servers to put out the candles and bring the Missal into the sacristy

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