To An Altar Boy
To be Christ’s pages at the altar, to serve Him freely there. Where even the Angels falter, bowed low in reverent prayer.
To touch the throne most holy, To hand the gifts for the feast, To see Him meekly, lowly, Descend at the word of the priest.
To hear man’s poor petition, To sound the silver bell, When He is sweet submission, Comes down with us to dwell.
No grander mission surely, Could Saints or men enjoy; No heart should love more purely, Than yours my altar boy.
God bless you, lad, forever, and keep you in His care, and Guard you that you ever belie the robes you wear.
For white bespeaks untainted a heart both tried and true; and red trolls love the sainted The Holy martyrs knew.
Throughout life, then, endeavor, God’s graces to employ; And be in heart forever A holy altar boy. – St John Berchmans, patron of altar servers
- Servers are baptized Catholics who have received their 1st Holy Communion.
- Servers are expected to be individuals who strive to live a moral and faithful life.
- Servers are expected to be mature enough to understand their responsibilities, and carry them out with appropriate reverence.